Sixty-two driver’s licenses and 23 learner’s permits were issued on the first day of implementation of a Colorado law that allows people in the country illegally to get driver’s licenses and state ID cards, the state reported.
The law proved so popular that appointments to get licenses are booked until November.
Just five Division of Motor Vehicles stations offer the appointments, which has been criticized by immigrant advocates who believe the documents should be more available. Grand Junction has the only station not on the Front Range that is offering the licenses.
The DMV in a news release said the day went very well. Members of the Department of Revenue leadership (the DMV is a division of Revenue) were joined by advocate groups to help applicants and answer questions.
The five offices that accepted appointments saw 148 customers for these new driver’s licenses and ID cards. Seven people didn’t show up, and 58 were turned away.