The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has begun providing Driver’s Licenses to residents who are present in the U.S. illegally under the “Work and Family Mobility Act” as of July 1.
The WFMA will allow all Massachusetts residents to apply for a Standard (Class D or M) driver’s license, regardless of their immigration status.
The RMV is also extending its hours of operation, adding more staff, and translating materials to make the law’s implementation as smooth as possible.
According to the RMV, the new law removes the necessity for residents to provide proof of lawful U.S. presence to obtain a driver’s license.
The policy change is expected to see an influx of around 105,000 applicants in the first six months alone, per the RMV.
According to the Boston Herald, the cost to taxpayers of implementing the law, which was spearheaded by Gov. Maura Healey, was $23 million.
The RMV has increased staffing levels, expanded the number of road test locations, and extended working hours at multiple RMV service centers.