SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The RMV and the office of State Representative Carlos Gonzalez held an immigrant driver’s license workshop at Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield.

It is meant to help immigrants with the step-by-step process of obtaining a driver’s license. Attendees will also get the most up-to-date information about the documents needed to secure a license, which has changed since the passing of the Work and Family Mobility Act.

The event will be held at Valley Venture Mentors located at 276 Bridge Street in Springfield at 11 a.m.

Representative Carlos Gonzalez tells 22News, “We’re seeing an influx of individuals that have been residing in Massachusetts for many years without the ability to drive and now with this opportunity there’s been a resurgence in individuals that have the legal documentation required to obtain their drivers license in Massachusetts.”

RMV staff were able to help with the step-by-step process of applying for a learner’s permit, preparing for the learner’s permit test and taking the road test as well as answer questions and help with documentation. Many undocumented drivers in Massachusetts have no way to get to work or school except to drive. Licensing these drivers ensures roads are safer.

Having a license also allows people to be able access mental health services, get to and from work and achieve overall independence.

Carlos Gonzalez emphasized that this new law could help generate around $5 million within the Massachusetts economy. Newly licensed immigrants can apply for insurance, purchase cars, and other services to boost the local economy.

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Melissa Torres is a reporter who has been a part of the 22News team since 2021. Follow Melissa on X @melissatorrestv and view her bio to see more of her work.