MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - DMVs can be crowded. If you've ever been, you've probably waited in line for quite a while.
We may be seeing more people coming to the Mobile DMV starting Friday, March 15.
The State of Alabama said it will allow hundreds of immigrants to take driver's license tests under a new Obama administration rule.
The administration program grants valid federal work permits to qualified applicants who were brought into the United States as children without legal authorization.
The state said 631 people have been approved for certification in Alabama, and as many as 1,500 could be.
A state trooper spokesman, Sgt. Steven Jarrett, said certain offices will begin issuing licenses under the program on Friday.
While the state has fought the administration over immigration laws, it said it will honor certifications granted under the program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals .
"The federal government (Department of Homeland Security) has stated that the DACA immigrants have authorized status; therefore, there is no violation of state immigration law," said Jarrett.
This is all being done on a trial basis.
Jarrett says the status of the DACA immigrants is subject to change if "a new immigration law is passed and/or the presidential order is canceled, amended or let expire at the end of the two-year period".
The driver's license will be marked FN for Foreign National which is the same as any driver license of a person who is not a U.S. Citizen.
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