New Colorado law drawing tremendous traffic to state’s DMV website

New Colorado law drawing tremendous traffic to state’s DMV websiteThe website of Colorado's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is currently averaging 70,000 hits per hour; thanks largely to the immense interest in the new Colorado law which allows non-US citizens living in the state to apply for driver's licenses. Prior to the enactment of the law, the DMV website averaged only about 8,000 hits per hour.

The law permits "the issuance of a Colorado driver's license, instruction permit or identification card to those individuals who either cannot demonstrate lawful presence in the US or can only demonstrate temporary lawful presence in the US beginning August 1, 2014."

Though the new law was passed in May 2013, and will become effective from August 1, 2014, the overwhelming interest which the law has generated this week results from the fact that illegal immigrants residing in Colorado can schedule appointments for a Colorado driver's license.

With more than 800 appointments for licenses already having been schedules this far, it is apparent that the law is drawing tremendous traffic to the state's DMV website, so much so that the website briefly crashed on Wednesday, the first day of the availability of the information about issuance of driver's licenses to non-US citizens in Colorado.

The Colorado DMV will start issuing licenses to non-US citizens in August, at five of its state offices --- Denver, Aurora, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction.