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Undocumented Drivers Will Soon Be Eligible For Licenses

By Tracy Lehr, KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Reporter, tracy@keyt.com
Published On: Feb 21 2014 12:27:59 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 21 2014 01:26:52 AM CST

next year undocumented immigrants will be able to take driving tests and get licenses

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

The bipartisan passage of Assembly Bill-60 has paved the way for the new law to take effect in January.

The California law will allow the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue driver's licenses to undocumented drivers who pass a 36-question written exam and their driving test.

Hundreds of people packed an auditorium to learn more about the opportunity.

Many of them drove to the meeting without licenses. One man said he has to drive to and from work.  A female friend said she is afraid to drive but wants to be able to driver her children to after school programs.

Some people in the audience didn't realize Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law last October. Many are ready to prepare for the tests.

Lizette Mata said she will be doing another workshop in Oxnard in early Marsh and she will continue to hold meetings around the state.

Mata warned applicants not to pay an agent for information that is available at the DMV for free.

The DMV has free handbooks in Spanish and many other languages.

For more information, go to www.dmv.ca.gov

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