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Driver's licenses for non-citizens attract overwhelming interest

Overwhelming interest for driver's licenses for non-citizens

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - More than 830 people have made appointments in Colorado to get a license through the Colorado Road and Community Safety Act.

The program let's people who can't demonstrate lawful presence in the U.S. or people who can only demonstrate temporary lawful presence in the U.S. apply for a Colorado driver's license, instruction permit or identification card. It's scheduled to be rolled out on Aug. 1, but people could begin making appointments with the Division of Motor Vehicles this week.

The interest has been so high, the DMV's website was down earlier in the week. A spokesperson with the Department of Revenue said it has since improved.

Teresa Montelongo, who lives in Colorado Springs, said the process to request an appointment was accessible and understandable Thursday. She said applying for a license means a lot.

"I feel more confidence and happy to know I will be able to drive without fear," she said.

The licenses cannot be used as federal identification, for voting, or for public services. According to the group, Driver's License For All Coloradans, "The Colorado Road and Community Safety Act will make us safer by allowing immigrants who pay taxes, can prove their identity, pass the driver safety test and pay a $41 fee to get a driver's license, register cars and buy car insurance."

The DMV will host workshops to let people know how the program works and the requirements they need to meet obtain a license.

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