Alien Registration Receipt Card Law and Legal Definition

Alien registration receipt card refers to a document issued by the government that signifies that the lawful bearer has complied with the requirements of the Alien Registration Act of 1940. The government agency responsible for issuing Alien Registration Cards is the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The primary purpose of an alien registration receipt card is for identification within the U.S.

The following is the federal law on alien registration receipt card:

Every alien in the United States who has been registered and fingerprinted under the provisions of the Alien Registration Act, 1940, or under the provisions of this Act shall be issued a certificate of alien registration or an alien registration receipt card in such form and manner and at such time as shall be prescribed under regulations issued by the Attorney General. [8 USCS § 1304].

A legal permanent resident must at all times carry a certificate of alien registration or alien registration receipt card. [Etuk v. Slattery, 803 F. Supp. 644 (D.N.Y. 1992)].