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D.C. To Begin Issuing Licenses For Undocumented Residents Next Month

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Next month D.C.'s Department of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing drivers licenses to undocumented residents.

Last year, the D.C. Council passed a bill creating a second class license for people who cannot prove their legal status. It will be marked "not valid for official federal purposes" such as boarding an airplane or entering a federal building.

The council’s original plan — which was supported by immigration advocates — called for licenses for everyone, regardless of immigration status, but it would’ve defied a federal law known as the “Real ID Act” and the council backed off.

Starting May 1, the DMV will offer these "limited purpose" drivers licenses by appointment only.

The announcement was made at the Georgetown DMV service center, which is set to reopen later this month after being closed for nearly two years.

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