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New Immigration Laws Bogg Down DMV's

By: McKenzie Martin
By: McKenzie Martin

The good thing about the new law is that it's helping crack down on people who come to DMV's trying to use false documents…but its also bogging down the DMV’s.

"I had to wait about two hours today to get it taken care of and then I had to leave and I'm back right now,” said one resident today who was trying to get his car registered.

Now in order to register your vehicle and complete many other transactions you must show a secure verifiable id, which means a driver's license as well as a back-up form.

“Its increased our workload we've estimated about five minutes per transaction…that was in the beginning because we were all learning, its probably down to 3 minutes now," said Bob Becker, DMV Manager.

Jesus Lopez and his friend were turned away because they didn't have a state issued drivers license…they only had an id from Mexico.

Becker says the new law has increased the DMV's workload by enough that they would be able to hire six more fulltime employees.

"At the end of last week we had 130-150 people at each of our locations at closing time. We just don't close the door and kick them out...we have to finish the transaction. It’s easier to register to vote than it is to register a vehicle...its ridiculous," he said.

And it looks like the long lines are going to continue for awhile. Becker says they haven't received any additional funding and until they do they won't be able to hire anymore employees.


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