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Ohio granting licenses for immigrants in program

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio will start issuing temporary driver’s licenses to young immigrants who have temporary legal presence under a federal program.

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles said Friday that deputy registrars were told to issue licenses to those who qualify through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Ohio officials will take the extra security step of confirming those applicants’ records with the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services database before granting them licenses.

The DACA program announced last year provides valid federal work permits for qualified applicants who came to the U.S. illegally as children. Ohio and other states have grappled with how and whether to issue driver’s licenses to those granted legal presence.

The BMV says Ohio is the 38th state to issue temporary licenses to DACA grantees.

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