Governor's statement on bill-signing:
“I am proud to sign SB 303, the driver privilege card, into law. Applicants for the card must pass a driving test and understand traffic laws. In addition, those who successfully obtain a driver’s privilege card must have insurance. The privilege card will not be accepted as identification. Allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s privilege card will increase the number of drivers on Nevada’s roads that are insured and aware of traffic rules and regulations. I thank Senator Denis for his work on this issue.”
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A bill allowing people in the country illegally to obtain driving privilege cards in Nevada has been signed into law by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval.
When the cards become available Jan. 1, Nevada will join four other states providing a way for immigrants to legally drive on state roadways and obtain insurance.
Nevada's first Hispanic governor signed SB303 on Friday. He was surrounded by legislative leaders and others who have championed the bill.
Sandoval called it an "historic day" in Nevada. Democratic Senate Majority Leader fought back tears as the bill was signed.
Officials estimate 100,000 people drive illegally in the state.
Backers of the bill say the new law will make Nevada's roadways safer because they will be required to take a driving test and carry vehicle insurance.