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Undocumented immigrants can soon get New York driver’s licenses

A state law allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses is set to take effect Dec. 14, and local clerks are warning they may be ill-prepared to handle the influx of applicants.

The new law, known as the Green Light Law, will make New York one of 13 states to allow unauthorized immigrants to obtain a driver’s license. The measure, which was narrowly approved in June, remains controversial as it is set to take effect.



Lawsuits from officials in Erie, Monroe and Rensselaer counties are trying to block the law from going ahead, and the state Department of Motor Vehicles is providing last-minute guidance to counties on how to implement the law.

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