Campaign for Safe Roads Organizing Toolkit: Returning Driver’s Licenses to ALL in Wisconsin

Our community is organizing for legislation in 2019 to ensure that no one is denied the right to drive in Wisconsin because of their income or immigration status. 

Restricting driver’s licenses has made our roads less safe, harmed Wisconsin’s economy, and led to the separation of Wisconsin immigrant families.  Click here to read the bilingual Wisconsin Driver Card Factsheet.

The May 1st Day without Latinx & Immigrants in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Photo: Joe Brusky, 5/1/18.

The legislation will provide driver cards to community members who are unable to provide documentary proof of legal status but who otherwise qualify for driver licenses. Additionally, the bill will include measures to ensure that the hundreds of thousands of US Citizens in Wisconsin whose licenses are currently suspended or revoked due to an inability to pay fines, rather than due to traffic points violations, are not denied a driver’s license due to income.

Denying driver’s licenses to low income and working class Wisconsinites, immigrant and native-born alike, has created barriers to opportunity for tens of thousands of families. Immigrant families have been separated following traffic stops solely for driving without a license. Employers have found themselves unable to fill jobs because there are not enough workers able to drive to the job site. Community members have been unable to obtain employment because of an inability to get to and from work.

Add your name to this sign-on letter to Governor Walker and every state legislator, urging them to support this legislation. Click here to read the letter.  Enter your information below to sign the letter.

Sign the letter to support the right to drive for ALL Wisconsin families!

November 2017

Supporters of legislation to protect Driver’s Licenses to Wisconsin Immigrants in 2006 included: 



Centro Hispano in Madison

Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice in South Central WI

Comité Festival Mexicano

Latinos United for Change and Advancement (LUCHA)

Voces de la Frontera Madison

Freedom, Inc. (Hmong organization)

NAACP Madison



Spanish Centers of Racine, Kenosha & Walworth, Inc.



American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 212

Young Christian Workers

Pequeños Empresarios Mexicanos de Wisconsin

Office of Hispanic Ministry Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Citywide Hispanic Advisory Committee

MICAH en Español

La Causa, Inc

Voces de la Frontera Milwaukee

Faith Community for Worker Justice



 Students United for Immigrant Rights

Students United in the Struggle

Voces de la Frontera Racine

Esperanza Hope

Spanish Centers of Racine

Racine Dominican Sisters

NAACP Racine



Casa de Esperanza



United Council of UW Students

United Migrant Opportunity Services (UMOS)

Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC)

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO

Wisconsin Citizen Action

Wisconsin Chapter of the National Latino Peace Officers Association

Peace Action Wisconsin

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)


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