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Senate Bill 1132 — Driving authorization card

Senate Bill 1132 — Driving authorization card

Parrish Miller
February 25, 2021

Bill Description: Senate Bill 1132 creates a "driving authorization card" and makes it available to undocumented individuals who do not qualify for a standard driver's license or ID card. 

Rating: -2

Does it create, expand, or enlarge any agency, board, program, function, or activity of government? Conversely, does it eliminate or curtail the size or scope of government?

Senate Bill 1132 creates Section 49-307B, Idaho Code and along with it a "driving authorization card," and it gives that card a status equal to a class D driver's license in matters related to driving.

An applicant for a driving authorization card is required to be "domiciled in Idaho," 16 years of age or older, and satisfy certain testing requirements. Some nominal proof of identity is required, but a "consular identification card" or "other documentary evidence of identity issued by a ... foreign state" will suffice. 

This new section also says, "An applicant need not demonstrate lawful presence in the United States" to obtain a driving authorization card.

The bill says, "A governmental entity may not accept a driving authorization card as proof of lawful presence in the United States. No driving authorization card shall be valid for voting purposes, for the purchase of firearms, or for the exercise of any rights or privileges reserved exclusively to citizens of the United States."

The driving authorization card will include a notice on its face saying, "FOR DRIVING PURPOSES ONLY - NOT FOR VOTING OR OTHER OFFICIAL USES." 

The bill amends Section 49-303, Idaho Code, to say that an individual who "is not lawfully present in the United States" may be "issued a driving authorization card."

The bill amends Section 49-306, Idaho Code, to say, "The requirement that an applicant provide a social security number as verified by the social security administration shall not apply to persons making application for a driving authorization card."

Creating a new authorization card is an expansion of government, but this bill also raises concerns about how identity is established and verified. While a driving authorization card may not be accepted for voting or purchasing a firearm, entities both public and private may well come to regard it as a valid form of ID despite it being issued without any requirement to offer any verifiable proof of identity. 


Does it directly or indirectly create or increase any taxes, fees, or other assessments? Conversely, does it eliminate or reduce any taxes, fees, or other assessments?

Senate Bill 1132 establishes a $25.00 fee for issuing a "driving authorization card."


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