Illegal aliens will be able to apply for driver privilege cards in Virginia starting Jan. 1, 2021, according to the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles.
Virginia’s General Assembly, which has a Democratic majority, passed the legislation allowing the cards in March.
“A driver privilege card is not REAL ID-compliant and, as such, may not be used as identification to board a flight or enter a secure federal facility. Driver privilege card applicants are not eligible for a commercial driver’s license or identification card,” the DMV website says.
“Giving any form of driving privileges to illegal aliens not only undermines public safety but national security as well,” Matthew Tragesser, spokesman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Providing these cards incentivizes more illegal immigration, rewards law breakers, and jeopardizes our national security.”
The state-issued driver privilege cards cannot be used for entering federal buildings or boarding flights since they are not REAL ID compliant, according to the DMV.
Driver privilege card applicants must provide two forms of identification and two proofs of residency in Virginia, according to the DMV. Applicants also have to show proof of their Social Security number or their taxpayer identification number and their tax return documentation.
Applicants must pass a vision test and some will need to take a two-part road knowledge exam and driving test, according to the DMV. The exams are only given in English, so applicants are allowed to have a translator present.
The driver privilege card is valid for two years and the application fee costs $50, according to the DMV.
Matthew Tragesser previously stated “Giving any form of driving privileges to illegal aliens not only undermines public safety but national security as well.”
“Providing these cards incentivizes more illegal immigration, rewards law-breakers, and jeopardizes our national security, ” Tragesser said.