How will expanding access to driver’s licenses impact public safety?


Expanding access to driver’s licenses to more qualified New Jersey drivers will increase public safety in the following ways:

  • Strengthening cooperation between immigrant communities and law enforcement:
    • By granting access to a state-issued identification card, immigrant New Jerseyans will be more comfortable interacting with law enforcement, including reporting crimes serving as witnesses in criminal investigations..
  • When more motorists are registered and licensed, law enforcement will be able to hold more motorists accountable for their driving records.
  • New Jersey municipal courts and jails will be less burdened by cases of individuals who are charged with driving without a license or insurance.
  • Utah, New Mexico, and Washington state for example have seen lower fatal accidents after expansion of access to driver’s licenses.