No proof of legal immigration status required for business license in Denver


A new state law that took effect on July 1 means that those wishing to apply for a business or professional license in the city and county of Denver no longer need to show proof of legal residence in the United States. Denver has also added additional IDs that will be accepted.


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Acceptable IDs can be found here.

“Our immigrant community plays a vital role in our economy,” Molly Duplechian, general manager of excise and licensing, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to see our state legislators end the outdated anti-immigration requirement that often limited an immigrant’s ability to pursue their dream of starting a business. An individual’s immigration status will only be no longer a hindrance to starting a business in the Mile High Town.”


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State lawmakers passed a law in 2006 that required proof of legal residency to receive any public benefit, including a business license in municipalities.

At that time, in order to comply with state law, the Denver Excise and Licensing Department required all license and permit applicants to complete a form to prove their legal immigration status.

The new law removes this requirement and “opens a new era of financial opportunity for immigrants.”

Common business license applications submitted by the immigrant community include restaurants, food trucks, and street vendors.


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