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    Default Getting Driver's License for an Illegal Alien

    Hi guys. I have a friend who's been in this country since childhood not on her own will. Now she's in her 20's and still finds herself without the ability to drive. I have heard that in WA state, it is easy for an illegal alien to obtain a drivers license since the process does not rigorously check for immigration status.

    She has a valid social security which she obtained many years ago. According to the DMV site, she has the required documents. She's just afraid that when the DMV checks to see her SSN is valid and not a fake, her immigration status will appear and she will get into trouble. Someone has told me that the DMV and ICE do not share information so that shouldn't really happy. But I just wanted to ask if anyone else has come across this situation before and knows anything about it. It would help a lot!

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    Default Re: Getting Driver's License in Wa State for Illegal Alien

    Exactly how did she acquire a social security number?

    I do live in WA, btw.

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    Default Re: Getting Driver's License in Wa State for Illegal Alien

    A SSN would have been issued if she ever was a legal worker (even if she is not now).
    It also might just be a taxpayer iD number which technically isn't a SSN and won't work at the DOL.

    The SSN is *NOT* the identity check at the DOL. It's required only to comply with the law allowing them to suspend the license of child support deadbeats. To get a license she will need to show acceptable proof of identity and *THAT* is what is likely to trip her up. A social security card isn't one of the acceptable documents.

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    Default Re: Getting Driver's License in Wa State for Illegal Alien

    Ron - I'm a legal immigrant...there's a reason why I asked the question

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    Default Re: Getting Driver's License in Wa State for Illegal Alien

    Is she actually a resident of WA? If not, how does she intend to demonstrate she qualifies?

    She is now an adult. She is not being held hostage and is free to leave the US at any time. Had she done so within 6 months of her 18th birthday, she would not be banned from reentry for the 10 years as she is now.

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