ADOT: Expect high traffic at MVD as immigrants get driver's licenses

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By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Department of Transportation is anticipating higher-than-normal customer traffic at Motor Vehicle Division offices in the coming weeks as the state begins processing driver's license and identification card applications for many young immigrants Monday.

A U.S. District Court judge has cleared the way for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to receive driver's licenses and ID cards, striking down Gov. Jan Brewer's order that denied licenses to thousands of immigrants.

MVD customers are encouraged to check office wait times online and plan accordingly.

Applicants who have not previously held an Arizona license must follow all requirements for providing identification, and pass both a written and a road test.

Road tests can take up to 30 minutes and will not be given to customers who arrive after 3 p.m. Offices may reach capacity for road tests earlier in the day, depending on demand.

Most MVD offices are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except on legal holidays. The offices stop admitting customers at 4:30 p.m.

For people ages 16 to 39, a driver's license is $25, an instructional permit is $7 and an ID card is $12.

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