What is California AB 60?
AB 60 is a 2015 California law that makes it legal for undocumented US residents living in California to get a driver’s license. It is hoped that once undocumented residents get a driver’s license, they will purchase car insurance and cut down on uninsured motorist accidents.
California joined a handful of other states that allow undocumented people to apply for a driver’s license or other form of ID.
What Exactly Can You Do with an AB 60 Driver’s License in California?
For one thing, you can purchase the state-required minimum car insurance, which in California is:
- $15,000/$30,000 bodily injury or death one person/more than one person
- $5,000 property damage
AB 60 reduces the hardship recent arrivals and undocumented immigrants face when they try to move about – in many cases, driving their children who were born in the US to school. Proponents also point to an improvement in national security by being able to identify people who are in the country illegally.
What Can You Not Do with an AB 60 California Driver’s License?
You cannot do much besides drive. You cannot vote or use the driver’s license as a federal ID. In some cases, you cannot even board an airplane if all you have is an AB 60 driver’s license.
What Are the Steps to Get This License?
1. Pass written, vision and driving tests
2. Provide a valid and current form of identification
3. Proof of living in California (such as property titles, lease or rental agreements or. utility bills)
What will the driver’s license look like?
1. Uses the initials “DP” (Driver’s Privilege) instead of “DL” (Driver’s License) in the license.
2. 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.”
What Undocumented Immigrants Need to Know
To provide guidance for acceptable identification documents, AB 60 directs the DMV to accept the following forms of documentation:
- A valid, unexpired consular identification document issued by a consulate from the applicant’s country of citizenship, or a valid, unexpired passport from the applicant’s country of citizenship
- An original birth certificate, or other proof of age, as designated by the Department
- A home utility bill, lease or rental agreement, or other proof of California residence, as designated by the Department
- The following documents, which, if in a language other than English, shall be accompanied by a certified translation or an affidavit of translation into English:
- A marriage license or divorce certificate
- A foreign federal electoral photo card issued on or after January 1, 1991
- A foreign driver’s license
- A United States Department of Homeland Security Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal
- An official school or college transcript that includes the applicant’s date of birth, or a foreign school record that is sealed and includes a photograph of the applicant at the age the record was issued
- A United States Department of Homeland Security Form I-20 or Form DS-2019
- A deed or title to real property
- A property tax bill or statement issued within the previous 12 months
- An income tax return
What Unlicensed Drivers Need to Do
Those undocumented immigrants who are unlicensed and lack insurance should be taking steps now to ensure they’re ready to take advantage of this California law and qualify for their driver’s license.
So, what can an unlicensed driver do to prepare for AB 60? First things first – learn California’s motor vehicle laws. DMV encourages future applicants for a driver’s license to prepare for the written exam by studying the California Driver Handbook, available on the DMV webpage at www.dmv.ca.gov. The website also features sample tests that can be helpful study material for the applicants. The California Driver Handbook is available in 10 languages at all DMV field offices: English, Armenian, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
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