Connecticut law conditions eligibility for a driver’s license on federal immigration status. This prevents 54,000 Connecticut immigrants from getting licenses—even though they need to drive to support their families. These unlicensed, uninsured drivers increase insurance premiums in Connecticut by $20 million each year. Nationwide, unlicensed motorists are five times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than licensed drivers. Providing a way for Connecticut immigrant motorists to obey driver’s license laws will make everyone on our state’s roads safer. These immigrant drivers will need to be tested on their driving skills and on the rules of the road, and purchase insurance.
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“Finch, officials support immigrant driver’s licenses,” Connecticut Post, April 30
“Connecticut General Assembly leaders say votes are there for drivers’ licenses for undocumented residents,” New Haven Register, April 30
“Mayors, Immigrants Rally For Driver’s Licenses,” New Haven Independent, April 29
“Supporters rally for licenses for undocumented residents,” News12 Connecticut, April 29
“Driver’s license for illegal immigrants bill,” WTNH News 8, April 29
“Support For Undocumented Immigrants Access To Driver’s License Grows,” NBC Connecticut News, April 29
CONECT Organizes News Conference at Hartford State Capitol
On April 29, 2013, CONECT organized a press conference in Hartford at the State Capitol. 7 mayors from major cities across Connecticut joined with COENCT to endorse a proposal to expand access to driver’s licenses to immigrants regardless of their legal status. This proposal has received the support of Gov. Dannel Malloy, legislative leaders, and the mayors of Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury, Meriden, Willimantic, New London and New Britain.