Since When are Driver's Licenses a Civil Right


ACRU Staff


February 12, 2008

This time the ACLU is has sued the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in Indiana claiming that having a driver’s license is a “civil right.”

The ACLU is seeking to maintain some 56,000 drivers’ licenses containing outdated or incorrect information under the premise that these licenses are an expected right.

American Civil Rights Union spokesman John Armor points out that, “The US Supreme Court has long since ruled that obtaining a drivers license is a privilege, not a right.”

A spokesman for the ACLU has said, “What the BMV is doing is taking legally an entitlement from thousands of people. You’re entitled to have a driver’s license and the state can’t come and take it away from you.”

John Armor continues, “The problem with the ACLU’s position is, it is dead wrong and any competent lawyer should know that.

The US Supreme Court has long since ruled that obtaining a drivers license is a “privilege,” not a “right.” If the license were a right, states would be required to find a way for people with physical, emotional, or medical handicaps to get licenses somehow. It would be required to make accommodations for people who could not pass the minimum tests to receive a driver’s license.

The position of the ACLU may have nothing to do with driver’s licenses, but instead may be based on its position of protecting illegal aliens. The ACLU is already in the US Supreme Court in a case trying to strike down Indiana’s voter ID law, which requires a photo ID for all voters in that state. In all but a handful of cases, that ID will be a driver’s license.”

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