SAINT PAUL, Minn. –Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic (DFL—Minneapolis), Senate President Bobby Joe Champion (DFL—Minneapolis), and Senator Zaynab Mohamed (DFL — Minneapolis) today celebrated the enactment of Driver’s Licenses for All, which is due to take effect tomorrow, October 1, 2023.
“Supported by Minnesota’s top law enforcement, business, and labor organizations, Driver’s Licenses for All brings Minnesotans together around the common goal of improving the safety of our roads,” said Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic. “I commend President Champion, Senator Mohamed, and the broad coalition of supporters who came together to pass this law.”
“The lives of 80,000 Minnesotans will be transformed by this law,” said Senator Mohamed, the chief author of the landmark law. “With the ability to obtain a driver’s license, Minnesota’s undocumented community will finally regain the freedom of movement and the ability to live life with dignity. I’m grateful for the dedicated and joyous immigrant community that fought so hard to see this bill become law.”
“I’m very excited to have been a part of this journey to restore the freedom to drive for our fellow Minnesotans who were denied that freedom for the past two decades,” said Senate President Bobby Joe Champion, a co-author of the bill who played a vital role in guiding it to passage. “This is a public safety issue, and with this law in place we know that our streets will be safer. It will allow our fellow Minnesotans to drive to work, take their kids to soccer, and do all the other things that Minnesotans do. So today I am excited to say that our undocumented friends and neighbors can come out of the shadows and have the freedom to drive.”