WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 12, 2013) CapitalWirePR — Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration Executive Director Juan E. Hernández has announced that the Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Alejandro García-Padilla, signed House bill number 900 into law, which allows undocumented individuals to obtain a provisional driver’s license.
The law will go into effect within a year after its enactment in order to allow the Commonwealth to develop and conduct an educational campaign for the community on the details of the law. The one year timeframe will also provide government agencies with sufficient time to take all necessary steps to implement the measure.
The licenses will be valid for three years, renewable for three year additional periods. The document will specify that it can only be used as a provisional permit to drive motor vehicles and not as an official identification. Eligibility will be limited to those individuals that have resided in Puerto Rico for more than a year prior to applying for the driver’s license.
With the enactment of this law, Puerto Rico becomes the tenth U.S. jurisdiction that has taken a significant step towards the inclusion of immigrant communities and the recognition of their countless contributions to our society. In addition to this new law, on February 21, 2013, the Governor signed Executive Orders OE-2013-008/009 which guarantee access to services provided in the country’s public hospitals and schools for any person, regardless of their immigration status.
“This law provides a greater measure of justice for immigrants who seek to responsibly integrate into the community, while at the same guaranteeing driver and passenger safety in the country’s public roads. The Governor is committed to eliminating all types of discrimination in order to ensure a government that is fair to everyone,” Hernández said. “The García-Padilla Administration will also continue supporting the efforts of President Obama and Members of Congress of both parties to achieve comprehensive immigration reform that brings 11 million undocumented immigrants out of the shadows, improves border security – including the Caribbean border – and increases economic opportunities for our workers.”
PRFAA represents the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico before the federal, state, and local governments; promotes the economic and public policy initiatives of Governor Alejandro García-Padilla to improve the quality of life of the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico, and provides counsel for Commonwealth and municipal government agencies on matters of public interest for Puerto Rico before the federal government.