My concern is for the effect of state regulations requiring that all
persons applying for a driver's license, or a renewal, must present a
valid social security card. Since the 9-11 tragedy, well-intentioned
but perhaps misguided lawmakers have put into effect this regulation
as a security measure. Actually, it does nothing to increase
What it may well do is to put millions of drivers on our roads
without driver's licenses and without liability insurance. These
drivers are the undocumented workers who drive cars and, until now,
have had valid licenses.
These drivers now have two alternatives: 1. To drive illegally
without a driver's license and with no liability insurance. Or, 2.
To obtain a driver's license by the presentation of a fraudulent
social security card (and, perhaps, have liability insurance).
Question: Is a license obtained with a fraudulent card a valid
I propose a third alternative: That the states issue a driver's
license to a non-citizen provided he has passed the prerequisites to
obtain (or renew) it, but that such an issued license have on its
face stamped in bold letters, non-citizen.
This non-citizen driver's license would assure that all drivers on
our roadways are qualified drivers with liability insurance but
would in no way identify the person as a legal resident of this
My alternative has the added benefit that the undocumented worker, if
he wants a legal driver's license, must come forward and voluntarily
Richard E. Baer
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