New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed a bill on Thursday that will allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.
The bill allows state residents who can’t prove they are in the U.S. lawfully to receive permits and standard driver’s licenses or an identification card.
A statement from Murphy’s office said that it was aimed at improving roadway safety.
“Allowing residents the opportunity to obtain driver’s licenses regardless of their immigration status will decrease the number of uninsured drivers and increase safety on our roads,” Murphy said in the statement.
Motor Vehicle Commission Chief Administrator Sue Fulton added that the law would allow hundreds of thousands of immigrants to be licensed and insured.
“Those who pass our driver testing and meet our strict identity requirements will be able to drive to work, school, doctor’s appointments and other activities, without risking the break-up of their families,” Fulton said.
According to NorthJersey.com, 14 other states and Washington, D.C., already allow undocumented people to drive.
The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey this week hailed the legislation as a “victory for equality, privacy, and public safety.”