Colorado retrieves more than 90 percent of misprinted licenses from immigrants

October 20, 2014 Updated: October 21, 2014 at 5:31 am

More than 90 percent of misprinted ID cards, driver's licenses and permits issued to undocumented immigrants in August have been returned, according to Colorado Department of Revenue.

A software error caused the cards to be printed without the black band across the top that says, "Not for federal identification, voting or public benefit purposes."

Of the 524 misprinted cards issued under the Colorado Road and Community Safety Act, 43 have not be returned; those 43 cardholders will have their cards canceled and their licenses revoked, according to department spokeswoman Daria Serna.

"Since the department became aware of the misprinted cards on Sept. 11, 2014, we have employed several different methods to retrieve the documents, which include voluntary returns and visiting customers door to door," Serna said in an email.

Previously, a message was placed on each of the accounts for law enforcement that read: "DLs and IDs properly issued, but Vendor sent incorrect card - they maintain the authority to drive." The messaged added replacement cards would be issued.

MorphoTrust, the state vendor responsible for misprinting the cards, offered to include $100 gift cards with the new, properly printed cards, once the invalid cards were returned. The vendor also provided a prepaid envelope.

Serna said the department will continue its efforts to retrieve the remaining cards.

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