Pattern Of Fraud Suspected With New Mexico Driver's Licenses Issued To Immigrants

A smoke shop, a car repair shop and even non-existent locations have been used as addresses by scores of foreign nationals to obtain driver’s licenses in New Mexico, and those findings suggest a pattern of fraud, a spokesman for the Governor’s office said.

A 2003 law permits illegal immigrants living in New Mexico to obtain state-issued driver’s licenses. Governor Susana Martinez has argued that the law makes the state a magnet for out-of-state immigrants seeking licenses, which can be used to obtain other identity documents. Driver’s licenses are one of the most common identity documents used for notarizations.

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