Late last week the California Legislature passed a bill that will allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver license in CA. The law will not go into effect until 2015. Many people feel this is a step in the right direction which will help make our roads safer with more people getting proper driving education.
However, with other states, like Washington, passed similar laws they were faced with other problems. Mainly, people were trying to beat the system and criminal entrepreneurs starting offering services of helping undocumented immigrants from other states set up phony address in Washington so they could get a license.
In CA, they reported that people who will want to apply for a license under the new law may be required to obtain a TIN, provide copies of birth certificates, passports, military identification cards or foreign driver’s licenses.
Applicants would also have to show proof of residence in California, such as utility bills, and be fingerprinted.
It maybe a step in the right direction but how many people who are in the country illegally, will want to be fingerprinted. A change in the administration and policies and they become very vulnerable.
Also will the insurance companies consider the driving experience from another country? Will the police try to verify the licenses?