A Nebraska state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would
allow people without Social Security numbers to get behind the wheel. The rule
would not apply to commercial drivers.
Sen. Ray Aguilar of Grand Island has offered a measure that
would permit illegal immigrants in the state to obtain a license that could be
used only for driving.
The special driver's privilege card would look different
than licenses for citizens and legal aliens. The version for illegal immigrants
would not be valid for identification or purposes other than driving.
Supporters say a state permit would allow immigrant drivers
to purchase insurance and know the rules of the road. It could also make them
less likely to leave accident scenes.
As many as 50,000 people in Nebraska could benefit from such
a law, the Beatrice Daily Sun
Tennessee and Utah are the only other states that allow
people to get drivers' certificates without providing Social Security numbers,
which are needed for full drivers' licenses.
The bill - LB266 - is in the Transportation and