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No Proof of Residence Needed for Driver's License

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TRI-CITIES, Wash.-- Unlike in other states immigrants in Washington can get a driver's license without proof of residence.

Mexican immigrants can get what is called a Matricula Consular. This identity document issued at the Mexican consulate in Seattle allows them to get their license.

Other similar issues concerning immigration policies were addressed Wednesday night, at a meeting held by the Mainstream Republicans of the Tri-Cities. One immigration lawyer says the primary reason to continue issuing licenses to immigrants is safety on the road.

"Ask yourself would you rather have people that are driving on the roads in Washington state that don't have a license or do have a license?, have taken the test and understand the rules of the road," said Thomas Roach, Immigration Attorney with Roach and Petersen in Pasco.

Right now there are only a handful of states still allowing Mexican immigrants to present this document to get a license. One of them is Oregon, but as of February they are scheduled to change this requirement and tighten up on immigration policy.