Long lines and scams plague immigrant driver’s license program

Colorado’s Attorney General is going after scammers selling undocumented immigrants spots in line at the DMV.  But Democratic lawmakers say that’s not enough.

Undocumented immigrants applying for drivers’ licenses under the Colorado Road and Community Safety Act are stuck waiting for months.

There are only 90 slots for as many as 150,000 immigrants who need to apply for a license, reported Jesse Paul in The Denver Post.

The system is so clogged that Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is investigating reports that people are signing up for multiple slots in line and then selling them for between $50 and $1,000.

“We need people who have been victimized to come forward so we can identify these unscrupulous individuals and businesses who are profiting from a free government service,” Coffman said in a statement. “Anyone engaged in this scam should cease their activity and immediately cancel any scheduled appointments they’ve reserved.”

House Majority leader Crisanta Duran praised Coffman for going after people scamming the system and solicited the Republican AG’s support for Democratic bills that supporters say would improve the immigrant driver’s license program.

Duran blamed Senate Republicans for slashing at the program and creating conditions that scammers could exploit.

Photo credit: Michael Fajardo, Creative Commons, Flickr