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Immigrant groups mark one-year anniversary of historic driver’s license law

Friday, January 8, 2016

ONE year ago, California’s Assembly Bill 60 (the Safe and Responsible Driver Act) was implemented statewide, granting eligible immigrants legal driver’s licenses regardless of status. Over 600,000 undocumented Californians have benefited from the historic law, swiftly passing identification and residency requirements, and both the written and behind-the-wheel tests to obtain lawful permits.

“The Department of Motor Vehicles committed to successfully implementing this new law to increase safety on California’s roads, by putting licensed drivers behind the steering wheel,” DMV Director Jean Shiomoto said in a press release. “One year after AB 60 implementation, there are 605,000 more drivers on the road who have passed all testing requirements and demonstrated their knowledge of California’s rules of the road.”

On average, the DMV issued approximately 50,000 new driver licenses per month under AB 60 during its first year of implementation, with the most licenses issued in March, according to a press release. DMV offices statewide have had over 2 million AB 60 customer visits, knowledge and drive test examinations since January 2015. . . 

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