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State Laws Extending Driving Privileges to All Residents - California

Bill/Statute: AB 60

Year Law Enacted: 2013

Effective Date: January 1, 2015 (Possibly sooner if DMV is ready)

Name of Document Issued: Driver’s License

 

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Sign an affidavit that you are ineligible for a social security number and unable to prove authorized presence in the U.S.
  • Provide proof of identity
  • Provide proof of California residency
  • Meet all other requirements for a California license

 

For more specifics, please visit: http://dmv.ca.gov/dl/dl.htm

 

How long is the card valid?

The license will be valid for a period of five years.

 

Are there distinguishing features or language on the license?

The license is labeled “DP” rather than the standard “DL” and includes the following language: “This card is not acceptable for official federal purposes. This license is issued only as a license to drive a motor vehicle. It does not establish eligibility for employment, voter registration, or public benefits.”

 

Is there an anti-discrimination provision in the law?

Yes, the bill provides that business establishments cannot discriminate against holders of the license. The license shall not be used as evidence of the holder’s citizenship or immigration status or as the basis for criminal investigation, arrest, or detention.

 

Is there a data confidentiality provision in the law?

Yes, the bill provides that information collected during the license application process is not a public record and shall not be disclosed, except as required by law.

 

This summary was prepared in January 2014 for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice. For questions, please contact CLINIC’s State & Local Advocacy Attorney Jen Riddle at jriddle@cliniclegal.org or (301) 565-4807. 

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