Oaks Offers Petition to Oppose Spitzer Driver’s License Plan

October 11, 2007

Assemblyman Bob Oaks (R,C-Macedon) today announced he will be offering his constituents the opportunity to voice their opinion against Governor Spitzer’s proposal to give illegal immigrants driver’s licenses.

“A driver's license is probably the most important document most people carry,” said Assemblyman Oaks. “We need to be vigilant in ensuring that the integrity of a driver's license is maintained, not degraded.”

“I believe the change is illegal and in direct conflict with existing law. Section 502, subsection 1 of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law requires proof of a Social Security number to apply for a driver’s license. The Legislature has not been consulted on this policy change. Given its implications, I think the Governor should withdraw these changes immediately,” said Oaks.

“It is important for all New Yorkers to have an opportunity to voice their opinion on Governor Spitzer’s proposal,” continued Oaks. “This is why my colleagues and I are offering this grassroots petition to our constituents, so the Governor will hear our concerns.”

Petitions are available by calling Assemblyman Oaks’ district office at 315-946-5166 or by e-mail at oaksr@assembly.state.ny.us.

Under Spitzer’s policy change, illegal immigrants would no longer have to provide a valid Social Security number to obtain a driver’s license. Many of the foreign terrorists directly involved in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks used false information to obtain driver’s licenses that allowed them to move about our country freely and to rent vehicles and board aircraft used in the plot against us.

Also, the federal Real ID Act requires states to meet certain minimum-security standards in order for state driver’s licenses to be acceptable forms of identification for such things as entering federal buildings and passing through security at airports. Requirements include that an applicant produce evidence of a valid Social Security number or proof of ineligibility from the Social Security Administration. The federal standards were developed to protect against identity fraud and protect national security.