Driving "Privilege" Card Bill One Step Closer to Passing

Driving "Privilege" Card Bill One Step Closer to Passing

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Legislature was one step away Tuesday from taking driver's licenses away from foreign nationals who can't produce a Social Security number and issuing them a driving "privilege" card instead.

The House sent the bill back to the Utah Senate, which already approved it, with an amendment requiring anyone to prove Utah residency to obtain the state driver's license.

The Senate will accept the amendment, said the bill sponsor, Sen. Curtis Bramble, R-Provo, and Gov. Jon Huntsman has said he'll sign the measure.

The bill keeps undocumented immigrants from obtaining driver's licenses after July 1, when it starts revoking licenses already held by foreign nationals on their birthday.

The new driving privilege card couldn't be used as official identification to board a plane, open a bank account, or trade for a license in another state. It would have to be renewed annually, and it would have different fonts and colors than Utah's regular blue-colored driver's license -- with bold letters reading, "FOR DRIVING PRIVILEGES ONLY -- NOT VALID FOR IDENTIFICATION."

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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