Preliminary Statistics Show 46,200 AB 60 Applicants
What is AB 60?
In 2013 Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 60, The Safe and Responsible Driver Act into law. AB 60 requires the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to issue a driver’s license to any California resident who is eligible for a driver’s license, regardless of their immigration status. Under the new law taken into effect January 1, 2015 applicants who can prove identity, California residency and meet all other testing requirements will be issued a license.
On January 6 the California DMV released preliminary statistics regarding the implementation of AB 60. The numbers of applicants recorded were:
17,900 – Number of Driver License applicants seen on Monday, January 5, 2015
11,100 – Number of Driver License applicants seen on Saturday, January 3, 2015
17,200 – Number of Driver License applicants seen on Friday, January 2, 2015
Total number of AB 60 applicants seen since Friday, January 2, 2015: 46,200
A total of 970 applicants received a driver’s license on Friday January 2, 2015. The total number issued a license doesn’t include the applicants who were issued a learner’s permit.
How Can I Prove I Meet the AB 60 Requirements?
The DMV has a helpful AB 60 informational page with a complete list of acceptable documents for verifying your identity and residency, a copy of the driver handbook, sample knowledge tests, appointment information, and materials to get you prepared.
Acceptable proof of identity include: California identification card, foreign document or foreign passport so long as they are approved by the DMV. Documents considered acceptable for proof of California residency include: rental or lease agreement, mortgage bill, medical documents, utility bill, faith based documents or records of a financial institution.
How Can I Get Help?
You do not need to pay anyone for information or services. In fact, it is against the law for someone to charge you to fill out the application form on your behalf. Be wary of scams.
The best thing you can do is read the sample test materials, driver’s handbook and practice for the driving test. Being prepared before visiting the DMV will help you avoid multiple trips, although you are allowed three tries for the test.
The written test is offered in a number of different languages. After you apply for an AB 60 license, you will be issued a permit to practice driving with another licensed driver in the car.