NCDOT to issue driver licenses for immigrants who qualify

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Submitted: Thu, 02/14/2013 - 9:47pm
Updated: Fri, 02/15/2013 - 1:40pm

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) today announced that it will soon begin issuing driver licenses and identification cards to applicants qualified under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The DACA program grants work permits to immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.

“We are focused on customer service and committed to improving the quality of life for all North Carolinians,” said DOT Secretary Tony Tata. “After weeks of review, study and consultation we’ve found a way to make this right by developing a process that will allow qualified deferred action for childhood arrival applicants to obtain driver licenses, while protecting the rights of all United States citizens.”

The N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) will begin issuing licenses to those who qualify under DACA on March 25, once necessary training and computer programing changes are complete. The NCDMV will also reinstate driving privileges to the 13 qualified individuals whose erroneously issued licenses were suspended pending the N.C. Attorney General’s opinion and the outcome of the NCDOT review.

The Decision and Requirements

The NCDOT carefully reviewed the opinion issued by the N.C. Attorney General in January and sought guidance from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, which authorizes “those granted deferred action to be present in the U.S. and to be considered lawfully present during their deferred action period.”

“We also appreciate the assistance of our state’s sheriffs, the Department of Public Safety, our legal, communications and DMV staff, and the many advocacy groups who informed our decision making process,” Secretary Tata said.

To qualify for DACA status, a person must meet very specific criteria that can be found on the NCDMV website ( The qualifications include that applicants be current students, recent graduates (or have obtained a GED), or active military or honorably discharged; applicants must also have no felony or serious misdemeanor convictions.

North Carolina driver licenses and ID cards will be issued based upon the same period of duration as that provided by the federal government, usually not more than two years. Licenses will carry a designation that clearly denotes the limited duration of the license. North Carolina typically issues such limited duration licenses for visiting students, agricultural workers and others.

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2015 years 8 months ago

There are only two “groups of gunowners” as you refer to it. “Legal gunowners” and “Illegal gunowners”. The DACA eligibility requirements and applications have nothing to do with gun ownership. Pistol purchase permits (not CCW’s) are acquired only afer submission of application AND APPROVAL for such at and by the applicable county Sheriffs office. These applications specifically address all issues related to the applicant to include county, state and federal residency requirements and any “alien” status, legal or not.
On a side note, Federal law makes it implictly illegal for aliens who are illegally or unlawfully residing in the United States to receive or possess ANY firearm. Those fellows just prance on down to Fifth and Castle and hang around on the corner for a few minutes to get what they want. No application needed. We see them on the “mugshots” section of the paper everyday. Over and over.

2015 years 8 months ago

That’s the job of the sheriffs department that approves and issues pistol purchase permits. Google the NHC purchase application before you pop a vessel and stroke out.
I take issue with your statement, “Don’t throw the illegal bull crap out there – these guys will be legal under our government’s own definition now. And subjected to the same weak ineffective background checks that any gun owner is subjected to now.” So explain yourself and define for me and the rest of the readers exactly WHY it is your opinion that we have “weak and ineffective backgound checks” in place now? I’m not hearing of crimes being committed by those that have undergone background checks. Are you? I’m not even hearing of crimes of gun violence being committed by those that have legally purchased their weapons, are you? I’m only hearing of the CRIMINALS that STEAL weapons and purchase those that are stolen THEN commit crimes of gun violence. Those guys NEVER endured ANY type of backgound surveillence, remember? NONE! Those are the guys and gals that the judges keep putting back out on the street, into the public sector to commit MORE crime…remember? That’s the part that NOBODY in politics wants to address, but that’s where the problem BEGINS and replays itself on a daily basis, like a broken record. As I’ve stated this multiple times, I’m ALL FOR the reduction of gun related violence against law-abiding, innocent citizens. I don’t give a damn what drug dealers, thieves and rapists may do to each other. Just be effective with what is done. Stop wasting money, time and stop blowing a bunch of hot air up the hind-quarters of the American people trying to make them believe new laws will work when the existing ones never get enforced. Lifetime criminals deserve lifetime sentences, nothing less!

2015 years 8 months ago

Look at the DACA elibility form.
Good grief anyone working as a farm hand could get a Driver’s license. Proof of residency and work status gets you DACA certified.
I hate to say this but my reading is they are getting DL’s and proof of residency and work.
They qualify as gun owners (not cwp of course)

We’re creating a whole new group of gunowners IF I’m right


2015 years 8 months ago

So legally these guys can purchase guns since they will be legal immigrants.
I’m NOT talking illegal immigrants.
The last piece of the puzzle was the drivers licenses.
They are now going to get them.
Do you trust a guy who’s been here two years, doesn’t speak good English to drive a car safely?
Or maybe he’s from a country where crime was bad and they had shootouts on every street corner?
How will the “approving Sheriff know?
What type of background check would these guys be subject to? Would it be enough to say pick out someone who maybe was being treated for depression in Mexico?
Don’t throw the illegal bull crap out there – these guys will be legal under our government’s own definition now. And subjected to the same weak ineffective background checks that any gun owner is subjected to now. Only this time we’re talking someone from another country.
We just threw mud in the good, clean, law abiding, gun owning citizen’s pool.

2015 years 8 months ago

Thank you Mike.

2015 years 8 months ago

I haven’t been through this in quite some time.
If you have a picture ID (License), a verified address, and a clean record you can purchase a gun. (not a CWP – which requires proof of citizenship).
Correct Guesttenheimer?

2015 years 8 months ago

…aren’t the same for illegal immigrants. They can do anything they want to (and for free) remember? There’s plenty of proof of that looking at chiken counter at WalMart on Sunday mornings and the Mug Shots that are published daily in the local news rag.

2015 years 8 months ago

…that are here on the LEGAL path to citizenship. I’s the ILLEGAL immigrants I have a problem with!!!
But, that’s okay! We Americans have plenty of money left for taxes they haven’t tapped into yet, right?