FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2018
Laura Peniche, [email protected], (303) 999-1336
Ana Rodriguez, [email protected], (720) 722-4272
Cristian Solano-Córdova, [email protected], (720) 434-4632
DENVER, CO – This morning Governor Hickenlooper signed SB 18-108 into law, a common sense proposal that passed the Colorado State Legislature with strong bipartisan support. The I Drive Colorado campaign, organizations and community members will join with the Governor today and follow with a public press conference of celebration for this major victory.
This new law clarifies eligibility for the state’s SB251 driver’s license program for Coloradan immigrants by including valid Social Security Numbers as a qualifying document and also works to improve the program’s renewals process.
“The SB-251 driver license program for Coloradan immigrants is a national example to strengthen community safety and the local economy. This program has allowed for over 50,000 Coloradans to access a license, permit or ID since 2014,” shared Cendy Angeles, member of I Drive CO. “But for too long thousands of other Coloradans have been excluded from the program.”
Before the passage of SB 18-108, thousands of Colorado residents were unknowingly excluded from accessing the driver license program because they have a valid Social Security Number rather than an Individual Tax Identification Number, which has been the sole qualifying document to apply under SB-251.
“It’s a relief to know that I can finally get my license, register my vehicles in my name, and have more security as a driver and as a business owner,” said Isabel Bezanilla, small business owner and supporter of the I Drive CO campaign. “I know that both my employees and other business owners I know will also benefit from the changes under this law.”
As Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) programs continue to face Federal threats, an additional 18,700 Coloradans with DACA and TPS would have been at risk of losing their ability to obtain or renew their driver licenses completely without SB 18-108.
For this reason, SB 18-108 sponsors Sen. Don Coram, Sen. Larry Crowder, Rep. Jeni Arndt and Rep. Jonathan Singer came together to move forward this bipartisan effort.
“I am grateful to see that our Colorado State Legislature passed SB-108 with strong bipartisan support. This bill will allow me to have continued access to a driver license, which is so important for the wellbeing of my children,” said Laura Peniche, member of I Drive CO and DACA beneficiary.
Additionally, the wait time for a Colorado resident to obtain or renew their driver’s license under SB-251 can range from three months to two years. Sen. Don Coram shared, “SB-108 will streamline the renewal process by allowing applicants to apply by mail or online, which will directly benefit many of my constituents, farmers and our state economy.”
The I Drive Colorado Campaign includes over 40 organizations dedicated to making our communities and roads safer and improving access for undocumented Coloradans to licenses and Identification documents.