Iowa Changes Policy On Driver's Licenses For Young Immigrants

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

The state of Iowa will now offer driver's licenses to those who were brought into the country as children of undocumented immigrants.

The Iowa Department of Transportation has determined it can now issue driver's licenses or non-operator ID cards to people who are granted “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” status by the Federal Government.

The change is based on new guidelines issued last Friday by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Under Iowa law, a driver’s license or non-operator ID card can only be issued to a foreign national authorized to be present in the United Status.

But according to the new guidelines, people now granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival status are “authorized by the Department of Homeland Security to be present in the United States and considered to be lawfully present during their deferred action” period.

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