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Green Light Law now officially in effect across New York State

DMV offices across the state will accept applications Monday, but some county clerks who run local offices on behalf of the state continue to oppose it.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — New York State's Green Light Law officially went into effect Saturday.

That law will allow people 16 and older to apply for a driver's license, regardless of their citizenship or lawful status in the United States.

Department of Motor Vehicles offices across the state will accept applications Monday, but some county clerks who run local offices on behalf of the state continue to oppose it.

They say they haven't gotten the proper training.  

"We haven't gotten the support from the State of New York that they said we have. We've received a webinar for 45 minutes. Our managers are trying to get through it," Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns said Saturday.

"The clerks are not ready. Even the clerks who want to implement this, they're not ready. They're not, you know, ready for this onslaught of people that are going to come in."

2 On Your Side on Saturday received a response from the New York State DMV, which says in part, "The implementation date of the Green Light Law is mandated by statute, not the DMV. We invite any county clerk who feels inadequately prepared to implement the law to contact us so we can provide further instruction or clarification.

"The law applies to only one license transaction, and the DMV is not creating a new license or overhauling the current process."

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