Assemblymember Crespo “Greenlights” Important Bill For Immigrants To Apply For Driver Licenses

April 5th, 2018

Landmark Legislation for Justice and Inclusion Will Empower Immigrants to Commute Safely

NEW YORK, NY – Yesterday, Assemblymember Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx) introduced A.10273 bill, giving the green light for undocumented immigrants to apply for driver licenses. This bill will allow immigrants to drive legally, open bank accounts for financial security, and feel more secure reporting crimes to law enforcement who ask for identification. Expanding access to drivers licenses will bring in an estimated $57 million in state and county revenue, support small businesses and farms that rely on immigrant labor, and improve road safety by allowing immigrants to sign up for car insurance. This bill was previously introduced by former Assemblymember Francisco Moya.

Steven Choi, Executive Director the New York Immigration Coalition, issued the following statement:

“We applaud Assemblymember Crespo for introducing this landmark legislation to allow immigrants to move safely– on our roads and in their lives. When this bill is enacted, it will be a major step for New York’s immigrants, who will be able to drive to and from work, open bank accounts, sign up for car insurance, and feel less afraid when reporting crime. We look forward to working with our state and the Governor on the road ahead.”