Thanks to the enactment of California AB60 on January 1st of this year, undocumented immigrants residing in California are now eligible for California driver's licenses. AB60 requires the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to issue a driver's license to an applicant who is unable to prove that they are lawfully present in the United States. This includes children who were brought into the country without inspection at the border, immigrants who entered the country using a visa but who are now out of status, and immigrants who are waiting for their "green card" applications to be processed.
During the first month after AB60 went into effect, 366,000 people visited the California DMV to apply for a new license and to take the required driver's exams. In that first month alone, 57,000 new licenses were issued. The DMV estimates that 1.4 million people will apply for a license during the first three years of the program.
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