Young illegal immigrants who have earned a federal reprieve from deportation began visiting NC Division of Motor Vehicles offices across the state Monday to apply for driver's licenses. (Update: See 3/25/13 story: Young immigrants eager for driver's licenses and 3/22/13 story: NCDMV drops pink stripe for immigrant driver's license.)
More than 16,000 teens and young adults in North Carolina will be eligible for two-year licenses because of their participation in the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, for immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children or remained here illegally after their visas expired.
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