Contributed by Jennaweh Leyba, Associate Attorney
The Colorado Road and Community Safety Act (SB251) provides an opportunity for some undocumented immigrants living in the United States to obtain a driver’s license. However, due in part to the incredibly high demand and limited resources for issuing these types of licenses, the process has not been without its challenges. Fortunately, the DMV liaison committee from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), along with community members and stakeholders have been working hard to communicate with the DMV about these challenges and strategies for improvement. Due to their efforts, there has been a recent, and hopefully beneficial change in scheduling appointments.
Initially, applicants were only able to schedule appointments beginning at midnight every night for appointments ninety days in advance. This caused problems because there was a flood of applicants calling for appointments at the same time, in addition to the fact that many “notarios” were scheduling appointments in blocks so they could sell the appointments to applicants.
In an effort to improve the scheduling process, the DMV will now start accepting appointments at four different times throughout the day. Appointments can now be scheduled at 8:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. daily. Twenty-five percent of the appointments will be allocated to each time slot.
The contact information remains the same for scheduling appointments.
You may schedule an appointment online at: https://www.colorado.gov/apps/jboss/dor/online/appointment/scheduling/index.xhtml or by telephone at 303-205-2335.
There are several different requirements and considerations to be made in deciding whether to apply for a driver’s license under this program. Please seek the advice of legal counsel if you have any questions about your eligibility for a driver’s license under the SB251 program.
To speak to one of our experienced immigration attorneys, please call our office at (303)297-9171.
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