The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has released an official website (also in Spanish) dedicated to providing information on the implementation of AB 60, a law that helps makes the roads safer for all Californians. Thanks to the new law, the DMV is scheduled to begin issuing drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants who pass the California Driving Exam and meet other criteria beginning on January 1, 2015. This change in law
It is believed that roughly 1.4 million people, many of whom currently drive without a California license, will sign-up to take both the written and behind-the-wheel driver’s exam. Once properly licensed, these drivers will also be able to buy insurance, as required by law.
Passed in 2013, AB 60 gave the state’s DMV one year to draft new regulations and prepare its field offices to process new applications. The DMV is hard at work detailing how applicants can prove identity and California residency, in order to apply for a license. The DMV also expects to open four new field offices to help process the expected wave of new driver license applicants.
While the DMV continues to work through the regulatory process, they are encouraging future license applicants to study for their written exam. Applicants should first read the California Driver Handbook, which is available for free download in ten languages and as an audio book.
2014 California Driver Handbook (English) (MP3-Audio)
Free printed handbooks are also available at DMV field offices throughout the state (office locator map).
After studying the handbook, applicants should practice with these interactive sample exams.
After January 1, 2015, applicants should make an appointment with a DMV field office to take the written test. Once passed, applicants can also make an appointment for a behind-the-wheel driving test.
If you or your family have any questions about this new law, please contact my district office staff at (626) 430-2499. It is an honor and privilege to serve you.
Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D.
24th Senate District