Regional
10:20 am
Wed July 20, 2011

New Mexico Checking Residency Of Immigrant License Holders

New Mexico – Gov. Susana Martinez's administration plans to verify whether immigrants who received a New Mexico driver's license continue to be residents of the state.

Martinez announced Tuesday the Motor Vehicle Division will check a random sample of 10,000 license holders who are foreign nationals to determine their residency.

Letters will notify people they have 30 days to schedule an in-person appointment with MVD. Documents to verify residency include utility bills, pay stubs and lease agreements.

The agency will cancel licenses of individuals who are no longer New Mexico residents.

The governor plans to ask the Legislature in a special session this fall to repeal a law allowing people without a Social Security number, such as illegal immigrants, to obtain a driver's license. She contends the license policy poses a security risk.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.