The California Department of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing driver licenses under AB 60 this Friday, January 2. The new law requires DMV offices to issue a license to any applicant who can prove California residency and meet all other licensing requirements.
Before AB 60, applicants had to prove identity and legal presence to get a license.
“DMV is committed to successfully implementing this new law to increase safety on California roads by putting licensed drivers behind the steering wheel,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto.
DMV officials anticipate 1.4 million additional driver license applications during the first three years.
Since AB 60 passed last year, the DMV has held nearly 200 public workshops and community meetings, increased appointment hours to include Saturday, opened four license processing facilities and hired 900 new employees to keep up with the anticipated demand.
More information on the new law is available here.