Massachusetts RMV holds hearing on regulations for undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles held a hearing Friday on proposed regulations that would help undocumented immigrants in the state get driver's licenses.
Last May, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a bill allowing immigrants without proof of legal presence to get licenses, and overrode a veto by Gov. Charlie Baker.
In November, the legislation also asurvived a ballot question attempting to overturn it.
State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier of Pittsfield co-sponsored the House version of the bill.
During an online hearing, she took issue with a provision that would require applicants to provide at least two documents proving their identity.
"(RMV) employees could ask for three or more documents and deny applications because of it," she said. "The opportunity to ask for additional documents can allow for racial biases to seep through when asking license applicants for their documents."
Others who spoke during the hearing raised concerns about a provision requiring the registry to maintain copies of documents provided by applicants for fraud prevention.
The new law is scheduled to take effect next July.