On Tuesday, February 13, 2014, in the Bell Community Center, 6250 Pine Avenue, Bell, CA. 90201, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will conduct a public workshop to assist in the development of regulations related to the implementation of Assembly Bill 60 (AB 60), which allows undocumented drivers to get a license. In January 2014, the California DMV conducted its first public hearing to help in the development of regulations for carrying out AB 60.
The end of the battle is in sight for lawmakers trying to pass legislation allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses in California. Last year, Governor Brown signed AB 60, which requires the DMV to issue driver’s licenses to undocumented drivers (applicants unable to submit satisfactory proof of legal presence in the United States). Driver license applicants under AB 60 must meet all other qualifications for licensure and must provide acceptable proof of identity and California residency. AB 60 goes into effect on January 1, 2015.
AB 60 also requires the DMV to develop regulations and check with interested parties in an effort to assist the department in identifying acceptable documents for the purposes of providing documentation to establish identity and residency.
One of the biggest sticking points in granting driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants was whether the identification cards would look distinctly different from licenses issued to legal residents. When AB 60 finally passed, it was with an amendment requiring a distinguishing mark on the front and back of the immigrant license. These details are still in the process of being finalized.
At the present time, here are some basic guidelines that have been discussed regarding license requirements:
What do applicants need to do to get this license?
Pass written, vision and driving tests
Provide a valid and current form of identification
Proof of living in California (such as property titles, lease or rental agreements or. utility bills)
Uses the initials “DP” (Driver’s Privilege) instead of “DL” (Driver’s License) in the license.
Adds a notice that states: “This card is not acceptable for official federal purposes. This license is issued only as a license to drive a motor vehicle. It does not establish eligibility for employment, voter registration, or public benefits.”
Those undocumented immigrants who are unlicensed should be taking steps now to ensure they’re ready to take advantage of this new California law and qualify for their driver’s license.
All future applicants can prepare for the written exam by studying the California Driver Handbook available on the DMV webpage. The website also features sample practice tests.
The California Driver Handbook is available in 10 languages at all DMV field offices:
At the workshop, any interested person may present statements, arguments, or disagreements (in person, in writing or both) that are related to the development of the regulations as required by AB 60. A full agenda will be available prior to the workshop and can be found on the DMV’s web site.