Number of illegal drivers licenses down in NM


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The number of driver’s licenses issued to illegal immigrants in New Mexico plunged by nearly a third in the past year.

And there’s no clear explanation why.

The state grants driver’s licenses to undocumented drivers, yet there was still a 31 percent drop from 2012 to 2013.

Activists say it’s because of a weak economy.

But Governor Susana Martinez says it’s because the word is getting out that New Mexico prosecutes those trying to get licenses illegally. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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