Undocumented immigrants to be issued California driver’s licenses

LA Times | Jan 6, 2015

As thousands of immigrants who are in the country illegally queued up Friday to apply for a California driver’s license, supporters of the controversial new law that made the licenses possible predicted a flood of new motorists in the automobile insurance market.

The state Department of Motor Vehicles estimates that 1.4 million immigrants who are in the country illegally may be eligible for special driver’s licenses under AB 60, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed in 2013 and took effect Friday. Many could also be eligible for a new, state-approved, low-cost insurance plan.

Experts say there are no firm figures, but they believe most immigrants who don’t have licenses also do not have automobile insurance.

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Author: UI