ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has formally requested a waiver from federal REAL ID requirements after state lawmakers passed a bill to revise the state’s driver’s license law.
The governor’s office said Monday that Martinez recently met with U.S. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas in Washington, D.C. and presented the waiver request.
The move is needed to give state officials time to adopt the law.
The measure would stop immigrants in the country illegally from obtaining new driver’s licenses. Residents would have the option of applying for a driver’s license that is compliant under the federal REAL ID Act or getting a noncompliant driver’s authorization card.
New immigrants will be able to obtain the driver’s authorization card.
Martinez says she will sign the bill.