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New York State to Put Visa Data on Driver's Licenses

The state will revive the practice of putting visa expiration dates on foreign visitors� driver�s licenses as part of a deal between the Spitzer administration and the Department of Homeland Security, an official said on Tuesday. The change follows Gov. Eliot Spitzer�s announcement last weekend that he was revising his much-criticized plan that would have allowed illegal immigrants to obtain the same licenses as citizens. The state will now move to a new three-tier driver�s license system that complies with forthcoming federal security rules. Immigrants� supporters and some lawmakers were already critical of Mr. Spitzer�s deal with federal officials, saying that New York should offer only one kind of license to all residents, legal or not.

Visa Data to Be Included on Driver�s Licenses Again, New York Times, October 31, 2007.