In the attached summary, Mark Shmueli & Christina Wilkes (of Grossman Law LLC) summarize the requirements for Maryland driver’s licenses and highlight the key steps required for the new federally non-compliant license. In order to apply for the federally non-compliant license or identification card, you must file two years of state income taxes and comply with other documentary requirements.
Maryland joins other states, such as Nevada, Vermont, Utah, and Delaware in issuing driving privileges to immigrants without regard to legal status in the United States.
We believe that while for some undocumented persons it is important to obtain a driver’s license it is prudent to discuss this decision with a qualified professional as applying for the federally-non compliance license not only alerts the authorities to your presence, but could also put you at risk of unexpected consequences. For example, if you present your current employer with the federally non-compliant license that states that it is not for federal purposes, it effectively puts your employer on notice that you may not be authorized to work in the United States.
As always, before taking steps that affect your immigration situation, please consult a qualified immigration attorney.
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