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SB 235 - Restricting Driver's Licenses for Foreign Nationals - Key Vote

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Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (27-15) - (Key vote)

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.

Highlights:
  • 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:
      • Utility bills;
      • Bank statements;
      • Rental agreements; or
      • School records;
    • 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):
    • Their social security number within 2 years; or
    • A new application.
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Restricting Driver's Licenses for Foreign Nationals

Sponsors

  • Timothy Z. Jennings (NM - D) (Out Of Office)
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