Law Allowing Undocumented Immigrants To Get Licenses Slightly Delayed

WCBS 880 Newsroom
December 13, 2019 - 3:58 pm
Driver's Licenses For All Rally

Doug Hood


ALBANY (WCBS 880) — New York’s Green Light Law, which allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, will not go into effect on Saturday as previously scheduled.

The Department of Motor Vehicles announced Friday that the law will instead go into effect on Monday, so not to fall on a weekend.

Some Republican county clerks in the state say they will refuse to issue the driver's licenses, because the state isn't giving them the information they need to verify the IDs of applicants.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has responded to the threats, noting he had the authority to replace any county clerk that does not carry out state laws.

The law was passed by the state Assembly and Senate earlier this year and widely supported by Gov. Cuomo.

Critics worry that the law will be a gateway for illegal immigrants to vote in local and national elections.

However, this new license cannot be used to vote. It also cannot be used as a federal ID.

Officials say there’s no way license information can be used as a road map for federal immigration agents.