The California DMV listed the documents applicants will use to get a California driver license under AB 60 — the new law requiring the DMV to issue a driver license to individuals who can prove identity and California residence as well as meet all other requirement.
“Our commitment is to successfully implement this law to increase safety on California roads and protect the high level of security in our licensing and identity verification process ,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto. “Californians planning to apply for a new driver license under AB 60 should study for their exams and gather the required documents for proving identity and residency.”
Under AB 60, drivers who cannot prove legal presence must prove identity and California residency, and pass the vision test, driver’s exam and the behind-the-wheel driving test in order to get a driver license, officials said.
The regulations posted on Friday list the documents the DMV will accept to verify the identity and residence of future applicants.
DMV officials encourage applicants to begin gathering the necessary documents and studying the California Driver Handbook. It’s available at all California DMV locations and also at dmv.ca.gov.
The DMV will generally require fewer documents for proving identity when those documents are very secure and electronically verifiable, officials said. They listed the following examples: the Mexican Passport (issued 2008 or later), Mexican Electoral Card (2013 version), or the Mexican Consular Card (2006 and 2014 versions) can all be used to prove identity because they are very secure and electronically verifiable.
The regulations also describe a secondary review process for applicants who are unable to produce the documents. Under the review, applicants must interview with DMV investigative staff who will attempt to verify the applicant’s identity.
California is the first state in the U.S. to offer this secondary review process.
The DMV held public hearings across California and reviewed thousands of public comments and community input to develop the list of documents, officials said in the release.