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In this 2014 file photo, immigrant and longtime resident in the United States Rosalva Mireles is photographed by Jesus Sanchez of Spanish language newspaper El Commercio, after Mireles was processed for her permanent driver's license, and received a temporary one to use until it is ready, at a Department of Motor Vehicles office, in Denver.

Colorado's Senate has endorsed legislation to expand a program allowing residents who are in the country illegally to obtain drivers licenses.

The Senate tentatively approved the bill Wednesday. Another vote sends it to the House.

The bill would increase the number of Department of Motor Vehicles offices offering special drivers licenses from three to 10 by July 2020.

Colorado first issued the licenses in 2014. More than 61,000 licenses have been issued since then.

The limited number of DMV offices offering the licenses has produced months-long wait times for applicants.

The program was created to help Colorado's $8 billion agriculture industry and make roads safer by licensing drivers.

It's paid for by fees paid by license applicants than are higher than those charged U.S. citizens.

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