Final vote on undocumented driver’s license bill to be held Wednesday

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The full Rhode Island House will hold a vote on Wednesday to pass a bill that would allow all Rhode Islanders, regardless of immigration status, to apply for driver’s licenses.

If the bill passes, it would allow the Division of Motor Vehicles to issue “driving privilege cards and permits” who don’t have proof of legal residence.

Anyone looking to get a privilege card or permit can apply by showing documents that prove their identity, date of birth, and residency in the state.

Rhode Island would become the 18th state to pass a bill like this, joining Massachusetts, Connecticut, as well as others.

The bill in Massachusetts became law earlier this month when Gov. Charlie Baker’s veto was overridden by a Senate vote.

If Wednesday’s House vote passes, the bill will go to Gov. Dan McKee’s desk to be signed into law.

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