AB60 and Immigrant Drivers

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AB60 Information

Driving is an essential part of daily life for many immigrant Californians.

Up until the 1994 all immigrants had access to a drivers license in California irrespective of immigration status. Driving without a license has resulted in tickets, vehicle impoundment, arrests, and even deportations.

For the last two decades, immigrants and their allies have organized and fought to restore access to licenses. Beginning January 1, 2015 eligible residents became able to receive a drivers license.

What is AB60?

Law passed in 2013 to make California drivers’ licenses available to all regardless of immigration status.
Immigrant communities and allies have fought for 20 years to make this a reality!

What will my license look like?

It will/has language on the front and back to distinguish from currently issued drivers’ licenses
Who is eligible?
Anyone with the required documents is eligible to acquire a new license, the regulations are still being finalized.

How can I use my license?

You CAN use your AB 60 license to drive and to identify yourself to police officers, for example in a traffic stop.
You CANNOT use your AB 60 license to board an airplane or enter a federal building. It does not make you eligible for any public benefits that you were not eligible for before getting a driver’s license, and does not authorize you to work or give you the right to vote.

Does AB 60 contain protections from discrimination?

The law prohibits state or local government agencies, officials, or programs that receive state funds from discriminating against someone because he or she holds or presents an AB 60 license. This includes state and local law enforcement officials.
Additionally, AB 60 specifies that it shall be a violation of law, including, but not limited to, a violation of the Unruh Civil Rights Act, to discriminate against an individual who holds or presents an AB 60 driver’s license.
The Drive CA Coalition will be monitoring statewide to identify and address discrimination.

There may be a risk if you:

Have a prior order of removal
Advice: talk to an attorney first

Were detained at the border and deported without signing anything
Advice: talk to an attorney first

Were fingerprinted at the border and deported
Advice: talk to an attorney first

Have several traffic tickets and haven’t been able to pay them off?
Please take care of them by either doing community service or making a payment plan with the court. Again talk to an attorney if you have any concerns. Or, if you are Mexican, contact the Mexican Consulate for assistance on clearing your traffic tickets.