Police chiefs urge driver cards for state immigrants

People without licenses more likely to be in accidents, SL’s Prosser says.


Police chiefs and sheriffs across the state of Iowa are starting the discussion about issuing immigrant drivers a temporary card as a form of driver’s license.

In a letter written by Marshalltown Chief of Police Mike Tupper and Polk County Sheriff Bill McCarthy to The Des Moines Sunday Register, one of the growing challenges for safety officials is the lack of driver’s licenses among immigrants. The letter was also signed by Storm Lake Public Safety Director Mark Prosser.

In Iowa, immigrants who are residents in the community but don’t have a Social Security number would have to meet certain requirements in order to obtain a card.

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