Immigrants snap up new California driver licenses

Department of Motor Vehicles office entrance in Los Angeles, California, on February 13, 2009Nearly 30,000 motorists applied for driving licenses in California on the first weekend of a new law offering them to people in the United States illegally, officials said Monday. Thanks to the 2013 bill approved by Governor Jerry Brown, California last week became the 10th state in the nation to issue them to undocumented immigrants. Under the AB60 law, anyone who can show they are California residents — such as through bills or rental agreements — can now apply for a license, regardless of immigration status. On Friday 17,200 people applied for the AB60 driver’s document, while over 11,000 did so on Saturday, said Department of Motor Vehicles spokeswoman Jessica Gonzalez.

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