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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: August 28, 2020 11:45 AM
From: Representative Danilo Burgos and Rep. Joseph C. Hohenstein, Rep. Sara Innamorato, Rep. Christopher M. Rabb
To: All House members
Subject: Helping Undocumented Persons Apply for Driver’s Licenses
In today’s world, a driver’s license is essential to earn a living, travel safely, and live a dignified existence. Unfortunately, many undocumented persons are unable to apply for a driver’s license in Pennsylvania because they do not have the required Social Security Number. As a result, they are contributing income and sales taxes without the equal protections and basic rights that the rest of us enjoy such as the ability to drive safely to work, school, or stores.
To address this issue, I will be introducing legislation that allows individuals without a Social Security Number to apply for a driver’s license or learner’s permit using secure alternatives such as a federal taxpayer identification number, a federal waiver for non-issuance of a Social Security Number for religious reasons, or any combination of documents that reliably proves the applicant’s name and date of birth, including a valid foreign passport, consular identification document, or certified record of the individual’s birth, marriage, adoption, or divorce.
This change will also improve public safety as requiring individuals to pass a driver’s test will reduce accidents, make roads safer, and reduce the number of unlicensed and uninsured drivers on the road. Having a valid driver’s license will also help individuals feel more comfortable in reporting accidents and cooperating with law enforcement.
Please join me in cosponsoring this important piece of legislation to help undocumented Pennsylvanians get the tools they need to succeed and better contribute to our Commonwealth.

Introduced as HB2835