On Friday, January 1st, 2015 California’s AB 60 measure allowed for undocumented immigrants to test for their driver’s licenses.
With DMV offices packed, and hundreds in line at local DMVs- even the earliest undocumented applicants waited more than two hours to test on the first day California allowed their application for driver’s licenses.
Assembly Bill 60 makes California one of just 10 states that now provide licenses to illegal immigrants. The licenses, issued to undocumented immigrants without legal status, include a distinctive marking and are only suitable for the purpose of a driver’s license.
It is important to remember that the CA AB 60 driver’s license will allow undocumented immigrants the ability to now legally drive and register their vehicle. But, this will not be an official identification card. It cannot be used for the purpose of a photo ID for other activities that require photo ID- such as opening a bank account, or going through airport security. Also, law enforcement agencies cannot use this license for criminal investigations, to arrest, or for detention, based on the applicant’s immigration status.
DMV officials expect 1.4 million people to seek a license in the first three years of the program, and at this time the month of January shows over 59,000 licenses given, and over 236,000 applicants applying for a license. It is important to remember that an AB 60 driver’s license is not issued until the applicant proves identity and residency, with qualifying documents or through secondary review, passes a written knowledge exam, and completes a behind-the-wheel drive exam.
It’s clear that there is a divide between those who apply versus those who actually become licensed drivers. About 60 percent of those who took the test in Spanish failed, and 50 percent of the undocumented drivers who took the written test in English failed.
The CA DMV recommends everyone to study, and use the driver’s handbook. A great way to prepare for your test would be to attend a Freeway Insurance AB 60 workshop. So far, Freeway Insurance Services has held seven free AB 60 workshops- with the next one taking place on March 15, 2015 at our 12431 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk 90650 office.
All Freeway Insurance workshops provide you with DMV materials, study tips, general information, and you will also be able to schedule your appointment online with the assistance of one of our Freeway volunteers.
Come to the Norwalk AB 60 Workshop and prepare for your AB 60 test. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn what you need to know to get your driver’s license. Freeway Insurance will be helping applicants: fill out all required forms, prepare for exams, gather all the required documents, schedule their DMV appointments, and much more. It’s also important to make sure you’ve considered auto insurance, as it is required of all California drivers.
The Freeway Insurance Norwalk Workshop will take place at 11am PST to 1pm PST
Please visit our AB 60 events page for more information on our upcoming Norwalk workshop, and get your free quote on auto insurance today. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.