AB 60: Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Goes into Effect January 2015
The California Department of Motor Vehicles estimates that 1.4 million drivers are unlicensed or insured, many of whom are unable to receive a license because they are undocumented. Assembly Bill 60 (Alejo) aims to keep our roads safe by allowing undocumented drivers who meet all other criteria to apply for a driver's license. Once properly licensed, these drivers will be able to purchase auto insurance, as required by law. It's important to note that AB 60 prohibits law enforcement agencies from using the driver's license for criminal investigation, arrest, or detention based on immigration status.
AB 60 passed the State Legislature in 2013 and goes into effect January 1, 2015. During this time, the DMV is working to draft new regulations and prepare field offices to process the new applications. While the DMV continues to work through the regulatory process, they are encouraging future applicants to begin preparing for the written exam. Applicants should read the California Driver Handbook, which is available for download in ten languages as well as at a local DMV field office. After reading the handbook, applicants should take the interactive practice exams available here. After January 1, 2015, undocumented licensee applicants can make an appointment to take the written exam and begin the application process.
Visit the DMV website for more information about AB 60 and ways you can start preparing for the application.