The N.C. Department of Transportation has amended a decision to issue driver’s licenses with a controversial design — but advocates say the changes are not extensive enough.
The original proposed license design, which included a pink stripe to distinguish citizens from noncitizens, raised concerns among immigrant advocacy groups.
The N.C. Attorney General’s office had released a statement in January requiring DMV offices to issue the licenses starting Monday.
DRIVER’S LICENSES FOR IMMIGRANTS
Issuing temporary driver’s licenses to some immigrants has been controversial:
- The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles released a statement in January requiring licenses to be issued starting Monday.
- The original license included a pink stripe along with the phrases “NO LAWFUL STATUS” and “LIMITED TERM.”
- The N.C. Department of Transportation announced Thursday that the licenses would not feature the pink stripe.
But the Department of Transportation announced just a few days before, on Thursday, that the licenses would not be issued with the stripe.
However, the licenses will still be marked with “NO LAWFUL STATUS” and “LIMITED TERM.”