New DACA license bill would stop DOT ‘pink stripe’ design

A new bill introduced yesterday would require the state to issue licenses for people who qualify under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative and prohibit the DOT from making them distinguishable from regular licenses. The department announced recently it would issue licenses that include a pink stripe and the words NO LAWFUL STATUS written in red and caps.

Short Title:        Allow Drivers Licenses for DACA Beneficiaries. (Public)
Sponsors: Representatives Luebke, Gill, Glazier, and McManus (Primary Sponsors).
Referred to:  

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT to clarify that beneficiaries of the federal deferred action for childhood arrivals initiative are eligible to obtain a drivers license in this state.

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION 1. G.S. 20‑7(s) reads as rewritten:

“(s)       Notwithstanding the requirements of subsection (b1) of this section that an applicant present a valid social security number, the Division shall issue a drivers license of limited duration, under subsection (f) of this section, to an applicant applicant, including a beneficiary of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, present in the United States who holds valid documentation issued by, or under the authority of, the United States government that demonstrates the applicant’s legal presence of limited duration in the United States if the applicant presents that valid documentation and meets all other requirements for a license of limited duration. Notwithstanding the requirements of subsection (n) of this section addressing background colors and borders, a drivers license of limited duration issued under this section shall bear a distinguishing mark or other designation on the face of the license clearly denoting the limited duration of the license. However, a license of limited duration granted to a beneficiary of the federal DACA initiative shall not be distinguishable in any manner from other licenses issued pursuant to this subsection.

SECTION 2. This act is effective when it becomes law.

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