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DMV to issue driver's licenses to undocumented residents starting January 2nd

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A new state law permitting the California Department of Motor Vehicles to issue driver’s licenses to undocumented residents takes effect on January 2nd.  Now, state officials are gearing up.

Under Assembly Bill 60, undocumented California residents will be able to obtain a driver’s license if they provide proof of California residency, proof of identity from California or another country and meet the driving criteria. DMV offices in Humboldt County will not be hiring additional workers or extending their hours due to the new law, although some offices throughout the state will be. At this time, about 300 appointments have already been set up throughout Humboldt County relating to AB 60.

"Every applicant will be required to take a written test that shows that they understand the rules of the road, they understand the rules of driving in California, that they understand the signs and the road signs and that will help to ensure that roadways are safer," said Artemio Armenta, a Public Information Officer for the California Department of Motor Vehicles.