January 16th, 2015
Undocumented immigrants in California can officially apply for a driver’s license
As of January 1, 2015 undocumented immigrants who are 16-years or older can now receive a California driver license. However, unlike traditional driver’s licenses, the license will state “Driving Privileges Only,” meaning that it cannot be used as a form of identification, to obtain employment, board an airplane, open a bank account or receive other public benefits.
In order to receive the driver license, applicants must:
- Proof of identity. You can find a list of accepted documents online at http://dmv.ca.gov/portal/wcm/connect/11a86d62-f848-4012-bc7d-4192bdef4f00/doc_req_matrix.pdf?MOD=AJPERES
- Proof California residence, and
- Pass California’s written and driving test
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