ALBANY – More than 30 county clerks across the state are asking President Donald J. Trump to instruct the U.S. Justice Department to review a new law giving undocumented immigrants access to driver’s licenses and determine whether it should be challenged in federal court.
A letter dated June 24 that was sent to Trump by Hayner, using his official Saratoga County letterhead, was distributed Thursday morning by an Albany public relations firm. The county clerks are seeking the federal review as the new law is set to take effect in December.
Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore is on leave this week so he was not one of those who signed off on the letter. Earlier this month Barmore told WRFA that he doesn’t intend to change the ID requirements for obtaining a driver’s license.
“Much of the wording has left the regulations up to the Commissioner of DMV. I will wait until all this pans out to make a formal decision but at this time I do not intend to change the ID requirements for obtaining a driver’s license,” Barmore said on June 20. “As long as a person comes in with 6 points of ID including a birth certificate in English that we determine to be valid and proof of social security number, we will process their application for a driver’s license.”