Massachusetts will officially join other states, including our neighbors VT, NY, NJ and CT, to allow all immigrants regardless legal status, who prove MA residency to have a driver’s license, effective July 23, 2023.
The MA House and Senate voted this week to overrule Governor Baker’s veto of the Work and Family Mobility bill which allows opportunity for MA immigrants learn the rules and law of the road, pass a driver’s test, and be properly licensed, registered and insured — improving safety on the road for all of us as well as boosting our economy.
Under Federal Law, any immigrant without legal status can attain an Individual Tax ID Number (ITIN) to comply with U.S. tax laws and it’s estimated they contribute $185M in MA state and local taxes annually. With an ITIN, they an immigrant can lawfully register a business and attain a loan to buy a home or buy a car — they just couldn’t lawfully drive that car.
This is a big victory for all of us as at end of the day when the only thing that really matters when you are behind the wheel is how well you know the rules and the law of driving and how prepared will be in case of emergency.
The Work and Family Mobility bill previously passed the House in February (119 to 36) and the Senate in March (32 to 8).
Immigrant’s Rights Advocate
Member of GHRC