DMV customers in Va. see change in policy

Jan. 8, 2004, midnight | By Kedamai Fisseha | 20 years, 5 months ago

New stricter law also interests some MD legislators

Driver's license applicants in Virginia are encountering heavier restrictions at the DMV due to a new state law requiring proof of legal residency. The law, passed just recently in Virginia, is part of new anti-terrorism efforts intended to deter illegal immigrants from obtaining a drivers license.

According to representatives at the Virginia DMV, the new measures require all applicants to provide either proof of legal residency or US citizenship. Citizens need only to provide a birth certificate or a passport while those trying to prove legal residency must provide documents from a list posted online at

The Washington Post reported that a lack of proper information about the change led to many would be licensees getting turned away at DMV's all over Virginia. In a January 4 article, people of varying documentations expressed frustration at the new measures and at having being sent home after a long wait.

Virginia government officials reported that new staff members and customer education measures are in place to help assuage the problems. In Maryland, these problems did not deter delegate Herbert H. McMillan from announcing recently that he will introduce the same legislation to the state assembly sometime this month.

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Kedamai Fisseha. Kedamai Fisseha sorely misses the computer lab where Silver Chips was born and is daily reborn. He is currently living and writing from London, England where he is glad for the chance to continue his participation in the organization. More »

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