SAN DIEGO -- Undocumented immigrants will be able to get driver’s licenses in California starting January 1.
Assembly Bill 60 signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown requires immigrants show proof of residence, pass a written, vision and driving test and have vehicle insurance.
“This is a privilege,” said Maribel Solache as she studied for her test.
Solache’s one of an estimated 1.4 million undocumented immigrants in California who will now be eligible to get a driver’s license under the new law.
But some opposing the new law, believe those living in the country illegally should not have the privilege to drive.
“Their vehicles should be impounded and if they don’t like it they can go home,” said Don Rosenberg who started a website called Unlicensedtokill.org after his son was killed by an unlicensed and undocumented immigrant back in 2010.
“It’s not political,” said Rosenberg who points to undocumented immigrants involved in hit and run crashes, to claim that those who are here illegally come from countries in which drivers are known for unsafe practices.
“I never get a ticket, I never been in an accident,” said Solache who admits to driving without a license to go to work and school.
For her getting a driver’s license means more than just being able to drive legally.
“I feel I will prove that I am not a criminal,” she said. “I consider myself an American.”
The Department of Motor Vehicles has increased personnel and some offices will be open Saturdays to process new driver’s license applications.