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Fierce demand drives illegal-license market

For at least one of Colorado's undocumented immigrants, the express lane at the Aurora motor vehicle office ran through a middleman who used a corner Conoco as an office and dealt only in cash.

For $1,000, the immigrant, a Mexican in his mid-50s named Martín, said he was promised the gold standard of identity documents: a real Colorado driver's license with a DMV record that any police officer or bank could check.As he negotiated to buy a license for his adult daughter, Martín was told that he and his daughter should meet the middleman at the Aurora DMV on Sable Street, he said. As he recounted it later to The Denver Post, the three walked in, waited for the right clerk and approached the counter."We filled out a few papers. She signed them. We didn't even have to wait in line," said Martín, who explained the exchange on condition that his last name not be used. "In 10 or 15 minutes, she had her license."To read the Post's complete stories, and the rest in their series on the illegal license trade, click on the link to the Denver Post.