Urge Governor Northam to expand driver's licenses to all Virginians
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The General Assembly passed Senate Bill 34 and House Bill 1211, which create driver privilege cards (DPCs) for people living in Virginia without documentation. While these DPCs allow everyone the opportunity to legally drive, it creates a new class of authorized drivers that will institutionalize discrimination against immigrant communities.
Expanding drivers' licenses to all people who live in Virginia, regardless of immigration status, is vital to reducing the risk of discrimination inherent in a DPC. All of our residents deserve a meaningful and non-discriminatory way to drive legally and get insured, and all of our residents deserve roads that are safer because more drivers are licensed and insured.
Assuring that all residents can be licensed is especially important during the current health crisis since there is a heightened risk of serious harm from COVID-19 exposure to people out in public. To keep us all safe, it is important that Virginia have sensible and equitable policies that allow individuals to drive safely to help maintain physical distance and have access to medical care and other basic necessities.
Tell Governor Northam to amend Senate Bill 34 and House Bill 1211 to provide Virginia driver's licenses (not DPCs) to all Virginia residents, regardless of immigration status.
Governor Ralph Northam