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1 A Guide for California immigrant drivers
AB 60 Driver’s License A Guide for California immigrant drivers

2 What is AB 60? Law passed in 2013 to make California drivers’ licenses available regardless of immigration status. Immigrant communities and allies have fought for 20 years to make this a reality!


4 What will my license look like?
Will have language on the front and back to distinguish from currently issued drivers’ licenses (proposed sample below): SEE BACK FOR FEDERAL USE. “see back for federal use” is a likely design, but it is not confirmed. The back of the card will read “not acceptable for official federal purposes”

5 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.

6 How much for an AB60 Driver’s License?
$33 It is the same cost as other DMV Class C Driver’s License; there is NO special fee for AB 60 licenses.

7 How to Get an AB 60 Driver’s License

8 Overview: What do I need to do to obtain an AB 60 license?
Make an appointment or drop by a DMV field office Complete DL-44 Application Form Pay $33 Fee Prove Identity and Residency Take Rules of the Road (Written) Test Pass Vision Exam Give Thumbprint Have Picture Taken Show Proof of Insurance Pass Road (Driving) Test

9 Get your AB 60 License in 3 steps!
Right now, PREPARE! Visit the DMV & Apply! The Driving Test!

10 step 1: prepare!


12 “California DMV - Driving Tests #1 Unsafe Lane Change” http://www

13 For more study resources….
Go to a DMV office! Go to your local community organization! Visit a community college or adult education center!

14 step 2: after 1/1/15, visit the DMV & apply!

15 Visit the DMV Office (insert image of local area offices at: Make an appointment and find your field office online:

16 Don’t forget to make an appointment!
Insert your local DMV field office information on slide: Don’t forget to make an appointment! (insert phone / address of local DMV field office)

17 Complete DL-44 Application Form
The updated application will have a box to check that states “I have never been issued a social security number and I am not presently eligible to apply for one”. You will pay the $33 fee when you apply.

18 Provide Identity & Residency Documents
You will need to show documents to the DMV that prove your identity and residency in California. These requirements are still being finalized, but you should begin to gather your documents now. Provide Identity & Residency Documents

19 Identity Documents (proposed 7.30.14)
Option 1 Option 2 Option 3 Option 4 Provide two of the following: Current Consular ID Card Expired Foreign Passport (issued after 2005) Mexican Federal Electoral Card Secondary Review Process AND/OR Expired Foreign Passport (see next slide) Foreign Birth Certificate Fed. Gov-issued ID card w/ photo

20 Secondary Review Process (proposed 7.30.14)
If you do not have documents to comply with Options 1, 2, or 3 then you may interview with a DMV investigator who will verify your identity AND residency. You may use any of the below documents: Official school or college transcript that includes the applicant’s date of birth or a foreign school record that is sealed, which includes a photo of the applicant at the age the record was issued. U.S. DHS Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal. U.S. DHS Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status – For Academic and Language Students or Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (M-1) Student Status – For Vocational Students) or Form DS-2019 (Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status). Marriage license. Divorce decree. Foreign driver’s license. (categories 4-6 with English translation) Income tax return. DMV investigator will examine your documents and interview you to ensure the authenticity of your identity. More details on this process are anticipated.

21 Residency Documents (proposed 7.30.14)
Rental or lease agreements with signatures of the landlord and the tenant/resident along with a start date of the rental or lease. Deeds or titles to residential real property. Mortgage bills. Home utility bills with service address and name of the account holder. School records. Medical records. IRS or California FTB tax returns. California Certificates of Vehicle/Boat Titles. Change of Address Confirmations by the United States Postal Service Federal government-issued documents. Property tax bill or statement issued within the previous 12 months. Records of a financial institution. Other documents approved by DMV in the future.

22 Residency Documents (proposed 7.30.14)
Also keep in mind…. A spouse may use residency documents in the other spouse’s name, along with a marriage/domestic partnership certificate. A minor may use residency documents in a parent’s name. If you use the secondary review process, you do not need to separately prove residency.

23 Driver License Written Test
You must take a “rules of the road” test on the day you apply for a license. Written test is offered in multiple languages, including Spanish. Audio test also offered in multiple languages, including Spanish. You can also take a person-to-person exam, where an examiner will ask you the questions. You have three chances to pass this test.

24 Click on image above to show sample tests: http://www. dmv. ca

25 Almost there… & you have your driving permit!
Pass the Vision Exam Give a Thumbprint Have your picture taken After passing the vision exam, giving the thumbprint, and taking your picture you will be issued will then be issued a permit if you have never been licensed before. When you practice, you must have an accompanying adult who is 18 years of age or older, with a valid California license. This person must be close enough to you to take control of the vehicle if necessary. It is illegal for you to drive alone. If you have a license from another country, you will be required to take a driving test. If you have a license from another state, the driving test can be waived. For more information:

26 step 3: the driving test

27 APPOINTMENT! You MUST make an appointment to take the driving test.
Make a driving test Appointment(s) . (Driving tests are not given without an appointment.) You may also call 1–800–777–0133 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday–Friday, to make a driving test appointment. APPOINTMENT! You MUST make an appointment to take the driving test. CALL 1–800–777–0133 // 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mon–Fri

28 Bring a car with proof of insurance, and pass the driving practical test.
You cannot use an interpreter during the test or have anyone else in the car. Before you begin, the examiner will check your license plates, registration, horn, brakes, windows, rear mirrors, glove compartment, seat belts, and emergency break. You then need to demo arm signals. Your test will last about 20 minutes and consists of basic driving techniques including: left & right turns, stops at controlled intersections, straight light backing, lane changes, driving in street traffic, and sometimes driving on the freeway. Here is the Safe Driver Checklist: Here is the DMV Brochure on Driving Tests:

29 Visit on YouTube, “California DMV Driving Tests #2 Failure to Yield”

30 congrats! you have an AB60 license!

31 Can I also drive a truck or motorcycle?
Yes, you are eligible for all non-commercial licenses through AB 60, including Class C (most cars), Class M1/M2 (motorcycles), Noncommercial Class A or B (travel trailers, some RVs). The application and tests may be different.

32 AB 60 Protections Confidentiality & anti-discrimination

33 Will I be discriminated against for using an AB 60 License?
AB 60 says that it is a violation of the law to discriminate against an individual who has an AB 60 license. Also, law enforcement cannot use an AB 60 license to consider your citizenship or immigration status as a basis for criminal investigation or arrest.

34 Who will have access to information I provide to the DMV?
Under AB60, the documents you provide to the DMV are not a public record and the DMV may not disclose applicant information, expect as required by law. The DriveCA Coalition is working to strengthen these protections.

35 What’s Next?

36 What should I do now? Gather your documents.
Study for the written test. Pay any outstanding traffic tickets. Protect yourself from fraud. Only the DMV can give you a driver’s license. Do NOT pay anyone for information or services.

37 How can you get involved?
We fought and we WON AB60 Licenses in California – how will you help us win more for immigrant communities? Check out our local partners from the DriveCA Coalition by visiting (insert local advocacy information)

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