READ: #Ohio #BMV Announcement Granting Driver’s License Eligiblity to #DACA Grantees. #immigration

Download the Ohio BMV Announcement here —> 03-29-13_DACAv2


COLUMBUS – Today the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) instructed the
state’s Deputy Registrars to begin issuing temporary driver licenses to qualified
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) grantees, but only after first
confirming applicants’ immigration documents via the U.S. Citizen and Immigration
Services (USCIS) database. The extra security steps are designed to combat fraud
or the use of counterfeit documents. BMV’s decision was established after reviewing
guidance expressed by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine that DACA grantees are
eligible for temporary driver licenses under Ohio law.
The BMV’s instructions to Deputy Registrars will ensure consistent procedures are
followed statewide when issuing the temporary licenses. Confirmation of applicants’
immigrant documents will be made via the federal government’s immigration
database to verify their authenticity. Upon verification of applicants’ documents they
will be issued a non-renewable/temporary license valid for the time period of their
work authorization issued by USCIS, not to exceed two years.
The federal government allows DACA grantees to work in the U.S. during the twoyear length of their DACA status. Individuals are eligible for DACA status if: they
arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16; have no criminal history; are currently in
school; have graduated from high school or received a general education
development (GED) certificate; have been honorably discharged from the Coast
Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and are under the age of 31.
Currently 37 other states also issue temporary drivers licenses to DACA grantees.
Ohio is one of the few states to take the extra step of also confirming applicants’
immigration documents through the federal government’s database.

To view a summary of the Deputy Registrar directive, click here

About David Leopold
Past President American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), In-the-Trenches practicing immigration Attorney, Blogger, Activist, Photographer, Educator, World Traveler. All opinions are my own.

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