PennDOT unlawfully revoked drivers' licenses of immigrants using tax identification numbers instead of Social Security numbers
Court/Assoc.: Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania
Attorneys/Firms: Valerie Burch (ACLU-PA); Thomas B. Schmidt, III (Pepper Hamilton)
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed legal briefs on October 12, 2010, in a Pennsylvania appeals court on behalf of six South American immigrants and Philadelphia residents who seek to keep their driver's licenses. In 2009 the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) attempted to revoke the licenses because the individuals used tax identification numbers instead of Social Security numbers in their applications. Pennsylvania law does not require non-citizens to have a Social Security number to obtain a license.