SB18-108 (Crowder & Coram/Arndt & Singer) Eligibility Colorado Road and Community Safety Act
In 2013, the legislature passed a law allowing up to six Colorado DMV offices to offer driver’s licenses to immigrants residing in Colorado without proper documentation. The program is self-funded through license fees and was seen as a key step toward improving the safety of Coloradans on the road by allowing immigrants to take vision and road tests, obtain a license, and secure car insurance. SB18-108 would allow these individuals to use either a social security number or a taxpayer identification number to obtain a driver’s license, correcting a technical error in the previous legislation. The bill would also allow these driver’s licenses to be reissued or renewed in accordance with the process used for other licenses.
The Children’s Campaign supports this bill. There is a strong connection between a person’s access to reliable transportation and their ability to access health care when they need it. Without transportation, people delay care for themselves and family members, which could lead to worsening conditions, reliance on emergency transportation and emergency room use, and even death. In addition to health care access, transportation determines families’ ability to secure basic necessities and participate in their communities. Colorado’s immigrants help drive our economy and contribute to the rich fabric of our communities. Providing opportunities for immigrants to lead healthy and productive lives benefits us all.
Passed the Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee as amended on a bipartisan 3-2 vote, and now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee