SAVE (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements)
In 2005, the federal government enacted the REAL ID Act, requiring all states to verify lawful residency before any state identification card (ID) or driver's license can be issued. Colorado Revised Statute [C.R.S.] 42-2-107 (1) (b) I also requires proof of lawful presence.
On August 1, 2006, the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) began using the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program to verify all immigration documents, including Certificates of Naturalization or Citizenship, presented by applicants.
The process is as follows:
1. A driver's license office (DLO) examiner will review the documents and enter either the I-94 or Alien Identification ("A") Number into the SAVE system. Approximately 80% clear immediately and are issued a Colorado document.
2. Those who do not clear must either go to an approved Step 2 DLO office or the Investigations Unit SAVE desk at 1881 Pierce St., Lakewood, for further document review and verification. The state's process takes approximately 30 minutes, but the USCIS can take from 3 days to 9 weeks, depending on what research is necessary to review databases, examine documents, enter the thousands of I-94 documents are generated every day at all the airports and other ports of entry into the United States, and provide a response to the CO DMV SAVE personnel. The average time is 3 weeks.