Number of foreign nationals applying for New Mexico driver’s licenses declining
Though it’s unlikely the New Mexico Legislature and Gov. Susana Martinez will agree on measures to tighten rules for foreign national driver’s licenses, fewer foreign nationals are applying for them, according to the AP:
An average of 22 foreign national licenses have been issued daily from January through July this year. That’s down from 52 a day during the same period last year and an average of 38 a day in 2009, according to an AP analysis of state records
A total of 9,079 new foreign national licenses were granted from August 2010 through July 2011 — a drop of about 7,200 from the previous 12 months.
TRD has strengthened requirements for licenses — licenses are granted by appointment only and successful applicants are granted a 45-day provisional license as TRD investigators check the application for signs of fraud. It appears these regulations have at least scared away some people seeking to get an out-of-state license. Or the process is just too cumbersome.