Representative Tommy Vitolo votes in favor of the law on professional and family mobility

BROOKLINE, MA – Representative Tommy Vitolo has voted in favor of the Law on professional and family mobilitywhich will allow all Massachusetts residents to apply for a standard driver’s license, regardless of immigration status.

Proponents of the bill argue that by allowing undocumented residents to obtain a license, more drivers will learn the rules of the road, pass the Motor Vehicle Registry’s written and road tests, and obtain a license and insurance. appropriate, creating safer roads for all.

“In many places in Massachusetts, a driver’s license is essential for accessing health care, getting to work, or getting from place to place,” Vitolo said in a statement. “I voted for this legislation because every resident, regardless of immigration status, deserves the dignity of full engagement in their community.”

To apply for a standard driver’s license, applicants will need to provide at least two documents proving their identity and date of birth. All documents written in a foreign language must be accompanied by a certified translation into English.

To protect the privacy of applicants, legislation prohibits the RMV from disclosing information about applicants and holders of standard driver’s licenses, except as authorized by regulations promulgated by the Attorney General.

The legislation will now go to the Senate before reaching the governor’s office to be signed into law.

Maria D. Ervin