‘Driver privilege cards’ for illegal aliens in Virginia

In the Senate of Virginia's 2019 session, a proposal to create new ‘driver privilege cards’ for illegal aliens who reside in Virginia failed to advance beyond the Transportation committee.

The bill was sponsored by Senator Jennifer Boysko, a Democrat from Virginia's 33rd Senate district, which is split between Loudoun and Fairfax Counties in the suburbs of Washington D.C. The proposal was turned down in a party-line vote, in a Senate of Virginia controlled by a slim Republican Party majority of 21 to 19.

As a result of the 2019 elections, both houses in the Virginia General Assembly will flip in 2020 from Republican to Democratic Party majorities. Governor Ralph Northam is also a Democrat. With greatly improved chances for success, almost-identical legislation has been introduced in the Senate of Virginia for the 2020 session.

Virginia Senate Bill 34: ‘Driver privilege cards; penalty.’

The bill is sponsored by Senator Scott Surovell, a Democrat from Virginia's 36th Senate district, which lies directly across the Potomac River from the state of Maryland. Surovell says Hispanic voters make up one out of every four of his constituents, and they have been pushing for driver’s licenses for the undocumented community.

The proposed legislation would authorize the issuance of a new class of driver's license called ‘driver privilege cards’ to applicants who (a) have reported income from Virginia sources on a state tax return; (b) are not in violation of insurance requirements for a motor vehicle registration; and (c) provide a valid passport as proof of identity.

The new cards would differ from standard driver's licenses in that they wouldn't confer voting privileges, permit a person to waive any part of the driver examination, or require proof of legal presence in the United States.