Title: Restricting Driver's Licenses for Foreign Nationals
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that amends the requirements and regulations for driver's licenses issued to foreign nationals and increases penalties for false documentation.
Requires a foreign national who does not provide a social security number when applying for a driver’s license, provisional license, or instruction permit to provide the following (Sec. 1):
Individual tax identification number;
Proof of identification from the country of citizenship in the form of one of the following:
A birth certificate; or
Photo identification issued by the foreign consulate;
Two separate forms establishing 6 consecutive months of residency in New Mexico which may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Rental agreements; or
A signed and notarized declaration affirming the authenticity of the provided documents; and
Two fingerprint cards or their electronic equivalent.
Specifies that a driver’s license issued to a foreign national who does not provide a social security number will not be valid for more than two years (Sec. 3).
Establishes a $5.00 fee for a driver’s license and a $6.50 fee for a provisional driver’s license issued to a foreign national who does not provide a social security number in the application (Secs. 4 & 5).
Establishes the following acts as felony offenses (Sec. 6):
A department employee or contractor knowingly:
Accepting fraudulent documents in a driver’s license application;
Altering a record; or
Soliciting or accepting anything of value for the purpose of influencing a decision or action.
A foreign national applicant knowingly providing false documents in the driver’s license application or accepting any form of payment for a driver’s license, provisional license, or an instruction permit; and
Requires that written notice be provided to individuals who were issued an instruction permit, driver’s license, or provisional license without a social security number prior to July 1, 2012 that the license will be cancelled if the individual does not submit (Sec.7):