driver's licenses

Maine Will Issue 'Nonbinary' Gender Driver's Licenses

Jun 13, 2018
Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public Radio

As national pride month picks up steam, members of Maine’s LGBTQ community are celebrating a fresh victory. The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles will no longer require people getting IDs and driver’s licenses to select only male or female to indicate their gender.

Courtesy RI Department of Motor Vehicles

Maybe you’ve already heard of something called Real ID. If not, you probably will soon. In the coming years, Real ID will affect how you board airplanes or walk into a federal building.

So what is it?

It’s a new designation for identification, like state IDs or driver’s licenses. Real ID is actually a federal law that sets national security standards for ID cards. The law was passed in 2005 as part of recommendations from the 9/11 Commission.

Rhode Islanders Push Back On Immigration Legislation

Feb 28, 2017
Courtesy of RI Working Families

Rhode Islanders are pushing back on a bill that would essentially outlaw sanctuary cities in the Ocean State.


Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, Roman Catholic Bishop of Providence, today announced his support for providing Rhode Island drivers’ licenses for undocumented immigrants.

In his statement, Bishop Tobin noted that Catholic bishops in the United States have supported enactment of comprehensive immigration reform. ``Until that finally happens, particular, ad hoc issues such as providing drivers licenses for undocumented individuals will inevitably arise,’’ said Tobin.


Advocates are renewing a push to legalize driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants. The fate of the legislation remains unclear at this point.

Two Providence lawmakers, Representative

Aaron Read / RIPR

Once again, lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses in the Ocean State. The House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the proposal Tuesday.

This is the second time in as many legislative sessions that drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants have surfaced as an issue before the General Assembly. Last year, bills in the House and Senate failed, despite support from then-Governor Lincoln Chafee.