Brown approves driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants
October 5, 2013
Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law Thursday allowing people who have entered the country illegally to obtain driver’s licenses in California. [LA Times]
Brown signed the bill in front of a large crowd outside Los Angeles City Hall.
“This is only the first step. When a million people without their documents drive legally with respect to the state of California, the rest of this country will have to stand up and take notice,” Brown said. “No longer are undocumented people in the shadows.”
An estimated 1.4 million immigrants are expected to apply for driver’s licenses in the next three years. The new law recommends that the Department of Motor Vehicles distribute licenses to immigrants that state “DP” for driving privilege, rather than “DL” for driver’s license.
Supporters of the new law expect the number of insured drivers to increase and hit-and-runs to decrease.
Opponents point to other states that have issued licenses to illegal immigrants. In some of those states, many out-of-state immigrants have used false identification to obtain licenses.
California became the 11th state in the country, and 8th this year, to pass a law allowing illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.