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League, Police Chiefs, DMV Inform Members about New Driver’s License Criteria

November 12, 2014
The League of California Cities and California Police Chiefs Association last week co-hosted a webinar to inform local officials and law enforcement about the implementation of AB 60, which will allow undocumented persons to obtain a driver’s license.
 
The subject of much debate before its passage, the new law will go into effect no later than Jan. 1. Its goal: ensure all drivers are properly trained, licensed and insured.
 
The California Department of Motor Vehicles approached the League about reaching out to its membership, so that DMV representatives could both field technical questions from police and provide elected officials with a working knowledge of the law upon which to draw, should they receive questions from the public.
 
During the webinar, Mike McGowan and Lizette Mata, deputy directors of the California Department of Motor Vehicles, covered such topics as: how the department is working with foreign governments to validate the security of qualifying documents, what AB 60 licenses will look like (the same as other licenses, except for the phrase “federal limits apply,” including all security features) and how the department is reaching to prospective applicants.
 
The DMV is hiring 900 new employees and opening four temporary processing centers, on top of its 170 other offices, to handle an estimated 1.4 million applications.
 
Applicants must provide proof of identity and residency, pass vision, knowledge and driving tests and show proof of insurance. The list of foreign documents that will be acceptable for proving an applicant’s identity is still being finalized, but will include consular cards from Mexico, Guatemala and Ecuador.
 
Nine other states and the District of Columbia allow undocumented individuals to obtain driver’s licenses. The California license can be used for driving purposes but not for any of the other common uses of a license, like boarding airplanes or entering a federal building.
 
The recorded webinar is available online.
 
Additional information on AB 60 is available from the DMV online.
 
Please email McGowan or Mata with questions or requests to appear at city council or other local meetings.


 
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