I thought when a state gives you a driver’s license, the state is giving you authorization to drive on the byways and highways in that particular state. I’ve always liked to think that you had to be a legal resident to get and maintain a license – I guess not.
Furthermore, isn’t a driver’s license an official legal document which provides at least some semblance of legitimacy to the holder?
So, if somebody was born and raised in Guatamala (for example) and showed up in Washington, Utah or Arizona with a U.S. stamped passport he can cruise into one of their DMV offices pass their tests, pay their fees and walk out with a Washington state driver’s license.
What happens six months after his Visa expires when he gets a speeding ticket in Oregon on his way to his new California apartment? My guess, absolutely nothing! You better hope those California bureaucrats are properly processing those voter registration documents and checking that “made up or stolen” SSN when he shows up to register to vote.
I don’t know, it just doesn’t make any sense to me why some states extend such privileges to non-residents.