HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Senate is considering legislation that would allow immigrants to obtain driver's licenses regardless of their legal status.

The House of Representatives backed the legislation last week.

Immigrants would be able to obtain driver's licenses beginning January 2015. Applicants would still need documentation proving their identity and showing they have lived in the state for at least 90 days. They must also pass a driving test and a background check verifying they have no felony convictions in the state.

The licenses would be marked "for driving purposes only" and would need to be renewed every three years, rather than the standard six years.

Several Republicans voiced opposition, saying residents who are in the country illegally should not get a legal document. Democrats who support the measure say it would improve highway safety.

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