DENVER (CBS4) — A new law that takes effect on New Year’s Day is designed to streamline the process for those immigrants seeking driver’s licenses. That changes involves using Social Security numbers instead of other documentation.

As of Jan. 1, 2019, Colorado residents can use their Social Security number to get a driver’s license, permit or identification card at four of 36 DMV locations in the state. The Social Security number can also be used to renew the license online.

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Last year, immigrants had to provide proof of an individual taxpayer identification number to get a license and a Social Security number was not accepted.

However, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue, individuals who are not able to demonstrate lawful presence in the U.S. must make an appointment to visit either the Westgate location in Lakewood, Colorado Springs or Grand Junction Driver License Office. Renewals are also available at the Aurora Driver License Office.

Requirements as of Jan. 1  are:

  • Proof of Social Security number or ITIN AND
  • Proof of Colorado tax return filing for the immediately preceding tax year and proof of current residency in Colorado OR
  • Three documents demonstrating proof of continuous residency in Colorado for the immediately preceding 24 months AND
  • An affidavit of residency (available at the driver license office) AND
  • A passport, consular ID card or military ID from the applicant’s country of origin AND
  • An affidavit that the applicant has applied or will apply as soon as the applicant is eligible for lawful presence within the U.S. (available at the driver license office)

Individuals who are applying for the first time, or those choosing not to renew online, are required to make an appointment at colorado.gov/dmv or by calling 303-205-5663.

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