The first of the year is an important time for policymakers, as numerous
bills signed into law the previous year officially take of effect. In
addition to plastic bag bans, campus sexual assault laws, and concussion
protocol for youth football, one of the most significant laws to take
effect in 2015 was California Assembly Bill 60. AB 60 makes it possible
for undocumented immigrants to apply for and obtain California driver's licenses.
Main points about AB 60 include:
- Undocumented immigrants will be allowed to apply for a California driver's
license and will not have to show proof of lawful residence in the U.S.
- Undocumented immigrants must show proof of California residency, pass written
and behind-the-wheel tests, and show proof of auto insurance.
- AB 60 will allow undocumented drivers to apply for any non-commercial driver's
license, including Class C licenses (for most cars and trucks), Class
M1/M2 (motorcycles), and non-commercial Class A or B (for travel trailers
and most RVs).
- AB 60 driver's licenses cannot be used for federal purposes.
- AB 60 contains protections against discrimination; law enforcement cannot
use an AB 60 license as a basis to arrested undocumented immigrants or
share their information with other government agencies.
With the passing of AB 60, California joined nine states and the District
of Columbia in allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain valid driver's
licenses. The idea behind AB 60 is that it
ensures more drivers are properly trained, licensed, and insured, thereby
making California roadways safer. Without AB 60, many undocumented drivers - who were uninsured and not
adequately trained to drive on CA roads - would still continue to drive.
AB 60 officially went into effect on January 1, 2015, and thousands of
undocumented residents throughout the state have already applied for driver's
licenses. Within the next three years, the California Department of Motor
Vehicles (DMV) expects to handle as many as 1.4 million AB 60 applications.
Although many undocumented drivers are benefiting from AB 60,
some individuals may have difficulties obtaining a driver's license
if they have prior traffic offenses, outstanding citations, criminal convictions,
or open cases. In these situations, individuals may be able to work with attorneys to
help them explore their options for resolving any outstanding issues before
applying for an AB 60 driver's license.
If you have questions about your record and AB 60 licenses,
call the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to learn more about your case.