Lawsuit: Georgia biased against Puerto Ricans seeking driver’s licenses

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,  July 3, 2019

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, says the state’s Department of Driver Services seizes the identity documents of Puerto Ricans and often fails to award licenses in a timely manner. It also says the department requires Puerto Ricans to take extra driver tests and to answer “trick” questions about Puerto Rico to prove they are from the U.S. territory. ...

The agency’s actions affect more than a person’s ability to drive. Nearly 700,000 new voters registered through the Department of Driver Services in 2017 and 2018. ...

The lawsuit says Georgia does not afford the same reciprocity to Puerto Rico driver’s licenses that it extends to licenses issued by U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

It cites a Department of Driver Services directive requiring the documents of Puerto Ricans to be reviewed for fraud.

By David Wickert

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