Colorado mistakenly issues regular driver's licenses to people in the country illegally



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DENVER — Colorado mistakenly issued regular driver's licenses to 524 people who are not citizens and lack legal presence in the U.S., the latest problem in the state's rollout of a law allowing some motorists in the country illegally to get driver's licenses.

The Department of Motor Vehicles emailed those immigrants to return the erroneous licenses, which were mailed early this month, KCNC-TV in Denver reported Friday (http://cbsloc.al/1rZVGl0 ).

The DMV says the error was caused by a software problem at a contractor, who is working with the DMV to retrieve the licenses and reissue correct IDs. They are supposed to be labeled "Not Valid For Federal Identification, Voting or Public Benefit Purposes."

The contractor said it learned Monday that the printing error occurred Aug. 8.

The mix-up was the latest setback for Colorado's immigrant driver's license rollout. The state began issuing licenses or IDs to immigrants, regardless of whether they are here illegally or have temporary legal status, starting Aug. 1. Early on, many people complained of long waits to get an appointment with the DMV to get licenses.

Gabriela Flora, an immigration community advocate who lobbied for the law, said in July the DMV expected 45,000 applicants the first year.


Information from: KCNC-TV, http://www.cbsdenver.com

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