Commercial Appeal – Senate bans sale of phony ‘international driver’s license’

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The Tennessee state Senate voted 31-0 this week to ban the sale of “international driver’s licenses,” which are sham documents sold to immigrants in storefront operations around the region.

“I am very happy that the Senate has taken this step toward helping out the immigrant population in Tennessee,” said the bill’s sponsor, State Sen. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown. He said he learned about the licenses from articles in The Commercial Appeal last year.

The bill passed Monday as part of the Senate’s consent calendar, which is for non-controversial items.

To become law, the measure must also pass the state House of Representatives and receive Gov. Phil Bredesen’s signature.

In the House, the bill hasn’t advanced beyond the subcommittee level. Sponsor Jeanne Richardson, D-Memphis, says she plans to speak with a representative of a Hispanic community group before taking it further.

“I want to make sure that it doesn’t have some secondary effect that hurts the immigrant population,” she said.

Advertisements for the international driver’s license, or licencia internacional, appear in Hispanic newspapers around the region. The authentic-looking cards and booklets are issued by groups with names like “The International Automobile Driver’s Clan.”

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