Undocumented Immigrants Can Now Legally Drive
The New Year brought not only a change in the calendar, but also put a new law into effect in California that directly benefits undocumented immigrants. On January 1, 2015 AR 30 made it possible for undocumented immigrants to get a California Driver’s License. Provided they can show “reasonable proof” that the person applying lives in California.
New Document Options for a California Driver License
According to the new law, the following documents can be used to provide reasonable proof necessary to get a California Driver’s License:
- A valid consulate document or passport from the undocumented immigrants home country.
- An original birth certificate, or other proof of age.
- A home utility bill, rental agreement, or other proof of residency in California.
- A foreign driver’s license
- A marriage license or divorce certificate
- An United States Asylum Application (Form I-589)
- An official school or college transcript that includes the applicant’s date of birth.
- A deed showing ownership of a house or land.
- An income tax return or property tax bill.
If the document is in a language other than English it has to have a certified translation with it.
The New Fine Print
While the card will make it so undocumented immigrants can drive legally in the state of California it will also include fine print language on the card. The fine print will say that the driver’s license cannot be used to vote, get welfare benefits, or seek employment. It will also note that the license can’t be used for any application that involves the United States federal government.
These restrictions aside, this new law will provide an important benefit to undocumented immigrants who live in the state of California.