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We, the undersigned, urge you and your colleagues to publicly support legislation that will expand access to driver's licenses to more drivers in New Jersey.
New Jersey will join 12 other states and the District of Columbia in licensing all safe and insured drivers who reside in our state, regardless of status. In addition to being a common-sense policy that ensures privacy protections, passing the bill will yield a range of tangible benefits for all New Jerseyans, including:
Based on the experience of states with similar laws, increasing the percentage of drivers who have learned state traffic laws, passed a driving test, and taken out car insurance coverage will likely reduce the number of traffic accidents on New Jersey roads. There is a compelling public safety argument to be made for allowing undocumented residents to obtain driver's licenses.
More Insured Drivers and Lower Car Insurance Premiums
New Jersey would see about $209 million in new insurance payments. New Jersey has the nation’s most expensive automobile insurance, with an average cost of $1,184 that greatly exceeds the national average of $797. A larger pool of licensed and insured motorists should help to lower costs to car insurance providers and allow for reduced car insurance premiums for drivers across the state.
Allowing all New Jerseyans, regardless of status, to drive legally would help New Jersey’s economy by increasing state revenues. Depending on the license fee set for these newly eligible applicants, New Jersey could expect anywhere between $5.2 million and $11.1 million in new revenue from these fees. In addition, a larger pool of New Jersey residents should be able to increase their purchasing power through increased access to better-paying jobs.
Allowing all residents, regardless of status, to be tested, licensed and insured would create a safer New Jersey and allow its residents to engage more in the economic, social and cultural life of the state. For these reasons, we urge you to support legislation to expand access to driver licenses to all New Jerseyans.