than 1 million undocumented immigrants have received driver's
licenses, the California Department of Motor Vehicles announced
Bill 60, authored by then-Assemblyman Luis
Alejo in 2013, required California DMV
offices to issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants as
long as they can prove their identity and residence within the
state. The law has led to 1,001,000 undocumented immigrants
receiving licenses as of March 31 but doesn't give the licensees
carte blanche to drive outside of California or fly across state
or federal borders.
are getting tested, licensed and insured and this is making our
roads safer for everyone," said Alejo, now a Monterey County
supervisor, in a prepared statement. "Today, we see the law
working the way it was intended to and has dramatically improved
the lives of a million immigrants and their families."
states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico allow undocumented
immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. Undocumented immigrants
were free to receive driver's licenses anywhere in the U.S. until
1993, when California became the first state to restrict access
and 45 others followed suit.
2015, the first year the law took effect, approximately 605,000
undocumented immigrants received licenses. Fewer people applied
after an initial spike, and the DMV
now issues about 10,000 AB 60 licenses
statewide per month.
study published in Proceedings
of the National Academy of Sciences showed
hit-and-run accidents dropped in California after AB 60 went into
effect, and had no discernible impact on the total number of
crashes or auto-related fatalities in the state. The California
Research Bureau's required January 2018 report found no AB 60
license holders had filed complaints with state agencies alleging
discrimination related to their license ownership.
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