RALEIGH, N.C. -
The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing driver licenses for immigrants brought as children to the U.S. on March 25.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is the federal program that grants work permits for a limited period. The N.C. Department of Transportation said it would issue licenses to those qualified under DACA and reviewed by the State Attorney General's Office.
"This program is about accountability and safety, making our roads safer for all North Carolinians," said Transportation Secretary Tony Tata. "We have strong support from the North Carolina Sheriff's Association. Those approved through the DACA process will take driver exams and road tests, as well as provide proof of auto insurance prior to receiving a license."
The licenses issued will bear a distinguishing mark on the face, not the pink stripe announed earlier.
To obtain a driver license, an applicant approved by the DACA program must provide the same documents required by North Carolina law for any driver license applicant.
They will be required to provide two forms of proof of age and identity, proof of residency, a valid Social Security card, proof of insurance and, under DACA, proof of legal presence issued by the federal government.
If approved, a temporary license will be provided until their permanent license arrives in the mail.
For more information, contact the DMV office or NCDMV at 919-861-3011, or log onto the NCDMV website for more information.