In New Jersey, a proposed law could mean driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants. Undocumented residents drive just as often as citizens, New Jersey lawmakers pointed out when they introduced the bill. They drive to work, take their children to school, and run errands on a regular basis. The difference is that their undocumented status prevents them from driving with a license. However, a new bill would reduce the number of unlicensed drivers on the New Jersey roadways.
Licenses and Insurance
What makes this bill significant? Without a driver’s license, undocumented immigrants can’t register their vehicles or purchase insurance for their cars. In case of car accidents, this could become a financial nightmare for all parties involved. Lawmakers hope to reduce these problems by making licenses available to those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to get them.
What This Means For You
If you are an undocumented immigrant, of course, it means that you can breathe a little easier when driving. If the bill passes, your first step after getting your license should be to get your vehicle registered. Without registration, you’ll have little to no recourse available if your car gets lost or stolen. After that, you should research your car insurance options and buy coverage as soon as possible. Insurance can protect your finances in case of theft, damage, or injury.
For other New Jersey drivers, the bill could also provide protection. If you get into a car accident with an uninsured driver, the bulk of the financial burden will fall on you. You’ll have to take care of your own damage, which will either cost you a lot of money upfront or cause your insurance premiums to rise. If the bill passes, it will likely lower your chances of getting into a car accident with an uninsured driver.
At the Law Offices of Leon Matchin, we carefully examine the bills and new laws that impact New Jersey residents. As an experienced defense attorney, Leon Matchin has helped drivers for many years. He keeps an eye on proposed laws so that he can continue to build thorough and accurate defenses for his clients. We’ll monitor the results of this bill and let our clients know how these changes could impact their cases.
Meanwhile, if you have questions or need legal advice from an experienced defense attorney, Leon Matchin is here to help. Feel free to get in touch via phone at 732-887-2479. You can also reach Leon via email at [email protected]or through his website’s contact page.