Across the state, Texans are coming together to make sure that their communities can weather the pandemic storm. Workers are showing up to stock shelves, care for the sick, serve us food, and make ends meet.
Driver’s licenses help keep everyone safe. Now more than ever, we need to make sure everyone can stay safe on the roads while they care for neighbors and their families during the pandemic. Crowded trucks, vans, and buses are not recommended means of transportation.
Since 1999, Texas has required proof of lawful residence and a social security number to obtain a drivers license. This has made it difficult for poor people, undocumented people, people experiencing homelessness, people who have survived a natural disaster, and survivors of domestic violence to obtain one.
People without a license continue to drive to support themselves and their families.
There is a solution: a conditional driver’s permit. This type of permit will allow people to legally drive, but cannot be used to vote or as a valid form of federal ID. This is why a conditional driver’s permit is different from a driver’s license.
The business, agricultural and construction industries all agree: making driver’s permits accessible for all is good for the economy. Let’s make sure people can get to work and find jobs.
Over the past 10 months,Texans from across the entire state have come together to support each other to ensure that their communities can weather the pandemic. Young and healthy people are running errands for their elder and immunocompromised neighbors to help keep them safe.Workers continue to show up to do essential jobs, such as: stock grocery shelves, care for the sick, harvest crops, and deliver food. Texans are doing their best to provide for their families and communities have come together to care for children and families that have lost their livelihoods, or worse, their loved ones throughout the course of this public health and economic crisis.
Now more than ever, we need to make sure all Texans are able to care for themselves and each other, and stay safe on the roads.
In order to do that, it is critical that all Texans have the opportunity to obtain a valid driver's permit.
A conditional driver’s permit for all Texans, regardless of background or immigration status would:
1. Make Texas’ roads safer.
Increased access to driver’s permits will help ensure that people get the training and education they need before hitting the road. Expanded access to driver’s permits will also reduce the number of uninsured vehicles on the road in Texas, which is currently 2.2 million, by allowing all drivers to secure insurance. Ultimately, enhancing our collective public safety and lowering driver’s insurance rates for all Texan drivers.
2. Ensure the continued economic contribution of immigrants.
Texas immigrants that lack documentation needed to apply for a driver’s license have a spending power of $30.6 billion, and 89% of undocumented immigrants in Texas are of working age. Providing access to driver’s permits increases their ability to participate fully in Texas’ economy, boosting their spending power and tax contributions.
3. Remove barriers to access to drive for all Texans.
Due to strict and burdensome requirements currently in place to receive a valid driver’s license in the state, many Texans, including U.S. citizens and lawfully present residents, are unable to secure a license. For people displaced by natural disasters, survivors of domestic violence, people experiencing homelessness, and formerly incarcerated individuals who cannot produce required documentation for a driver’s license, providing access to a conditional driver’s permit would remove barriers to drive legally, and facilitate their reintegration into society.
We, the people of Texas, call upon the Texas House State Affairs Committee to support legislation that will allow all Texans to have access to a driver’s permit.
Over the past 10 months, Texans from across the entire state have come together to support each other and make sure that their communities can weather the pandemic. Now more than ever, we need to make sure all Texans are able to care for themselves and each other, and stay safe on the roads.
A conditional driver’s permit will facilitate a broader group of individuals to access the ability to drive legally with proper training and financial responsibility. Undocumented immigrants, people experiencing homelessness, survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, people displaced by natural disasters, and those formerly incarcerated, and others who have difficulty fulfilling the drivers license requirements will benefit from a driving permit, making our roads safer and all Texans feel more secure.
Reducing barriers to safe driving by increasing access to driver’s permits is a win for all Texans!
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We urge members of the State Affairs Committee to support the passage of HB 1058 and SB 607.
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Drive Texas Adelante campaign includes organizations from across Texas who believe that all Texans, regardless of immigration status and social economic background, should have access to drive.
The campaign is coordinated by RITA