LANSING, Mich. (April 13, 2023) — Sen. Mary Cavanagh (D-Redford Twp.) and the Michigan Legislative Latino Caucus applaud the introduction of Senate Bills 265, 266, and 267 and House Bills 4410, 4411, and 4412, which will allow all individuals, regardless of immigration status, to obtain driver’s licenses. Currently, only individuals who pass the driver’s test and prove legal citizenship status are allowed to receive a driver’s license in Michigan, leaving immigrants without legal documentation unable to navigate the roads safely and legally.
“As the daughter of a Mexican immigrant, first-generation American, and Chair of the Latino Caucus, I am a proud supporter and advocate of this much-needed legislation,” said Sen. Cavanagh. “Until 2008, proof of citizenship was not an additional barrier in accessing a driver’s license in Michigan. This legislation removes that barrier and restores accessibility for every Michigander to the necessities of life from work, healthcare and education, while also promoting road safety and strengthening community trust. This will put the state in line with the other 19 states that put safety and their residents first. I look forward to finally pushing this across the finish line for every Michigander.”
“Michigan residents need the freedom to travel, whether it’s to their jobs, their children’s schools, or grocery stores. By enabling everyone to obtain a driver’s license, people can take care of essential needs. We can make this a reality!” said Rep. Veronica Paiz (D-Harper Woods).
The Michigan Latino Caucus urges swift passage of this important legislation.