At a ceremony Thursday morning at Los Angeles City Hall, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a measure that will allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver licenses.
AB 60, authored by Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville), will “enable millions more Californians to legally drive on the state’s roadways,” according to a statement from Brown’s office.
“We were able to mobilize enough support and get this bill out of the Senate and the Assembly,” said state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach), who was among the hundreds gathered at City Hall’s south lawn for the ceremony.
“The bill was going to get stalled another year and some of the Latino senators decided that we were going to make sure that this was going to happen this year,” Lara said.
The licenses will include text indicating their limited scope: “This card is not acceptable for official federal purposes. This license is issued only as a license to drive a motor vehicle. It does not establish eligibility for employment, voter registration, or public benefits.”
The Department of Motor Vehicles must begin issuing the licenses by Jan. 1, 2015, according to the law.
The law is supported by the Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck, who spoke at the signing ceremony, as well as the California Police Chiefs Association.