Drivers Licenses

2017 Priorities

The following are issues under the existing law that iDrive is still fighting to correct in order to improve Colorado’s license and ID program for undocumented Coloradans:

 

The cap: Some members of the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) denied the Department of Revenue’s (DOR) spending authority request to further implement the self-funded SB251 Driver’s License program. The JBC decision prevented the DOR from spending the fees it had already collected from the community, reduced the number of offices from five to three and has left thousands trying, and unable, to schedule an appointment.The JBC’s decision created a cap at 66,000 appointments total, underestimating the population of people eligible for SB251 appointments. The JBC chose the most conservative participation estimate of 30% even though the participation rate for Colorado was consistently above 70%. When the cap is reached, the SB251 program will only be offered at one DMV Office- just 31 appointments per day. The DMV estimates the cap will be met in October 2017.

Unintended Barriers: The Social Security Administration, in earlier times, under previous visas or other temporary policies issued a Social Security Number to some undocumented Coloradans. The current SB251 program only applies to undocumented individuals with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), leaving out those who have a valid SSN. With renewals beginning in August 2017, and no clear process for renewals or replacement ID’s, many community members fear being left without ID once again. We are working on a bill ensures ALL can access an appointment and replace their ID.


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COPA IS PART OF THE I DRIVE COLORADO CAMPAIGN WHICH IS DEDICATED TO MAKING OUR COMMUNITIES AND ROADS SAFER THROUGH MONITORING AND IMPROVING ACCESS FOR UNDOCUMENTED COLORADANS TO LICENSES AND IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS.


Colorado Road and Community Safety Act (CO-RCSA SB251)

Senate Bill 13-251, The Colorado Road and Community Safety Act authorizes the issuance of a Colorado driver license, instruction permit or identification card to those individuals who either cannot demonstrate lawful presence in the U.S. or can only demonstrate temporary lawful presence in the U.S.

Click here to learn more about SB251.


House Bill 16-1415 (HB16-1415)

House Bill 16-1415 (HB16-1415) establishes new fees for DMV services and allows Colorado Road and Community Safety Act (CO- RCSA) driver license applicants who fail a drive test during their appointment to take advantage of third party schools and return to one of the three Driver License Offices offering CO-RCSA services on a space available basis.

Click here to learn more about HB16-1415.


House Bill 16-1335 (HB16-1335)

House Bill 16-1335 creates penalties for the unlawful sale of certain government services.  The DMV never charges for an appointment.  If you have questions about someone charging a fee for an appointment, please contact the Colorado Attorney General’s fraud hotline at 800-222-4444 or visit www.stopfraudcolorado.gov.

 

Get Involved!

For more information please contact ana@coloradopeoplesalliance.org or 303-893-3500