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DENVER- It's hard to live in a western state without driving, but Colorado only gives driver's licenses to legal residents.

That policy leaves the thousands of people who don't live here legally to choose between not driving-- or driving without a license.

A proposal to change that won approval from the House of Representatives Tuesday.

SB251 would allow people to obtain licenses without lawful status in the country.

To be clear, Colorado wouldn't just "give out" licenses to immigrants. They'd have to get in line at the DMV and in addition to the normal testing, provide the following:

• Government ID from home country
• An IRS individual taxpayer number
• Proof of filing income taxes in Colorado in the prior year
• Affidavit declaring desire to seek lawful status

Republicans tried-- and failed to add a criminal background check to the list.