San Francisco, October 15, 2003
By Christopher Kerosky
In some rare good news for immigrants, Governor Davis signed a law making drivers licenses available to
undocumented immigrants living in California. Former California State law required that all driver's
licence applicants provide a valid Social Security number and proof of legal presence in order to obtain
a California Drivers Licence. The new law has eliminated the requirement of a Social Security number and
proof of legal residence in order to obtain a California State Drivers Licence.
In the recent past, it was virtually impossible for anyone without a green card to obtain a permanent
license. Proof of permanent status or a working visa was often required by the Social Security Administration
before a social security number would be issued. Without the number, the DMV would not issue a drivers license.
Now, immigrants in California can apply directly to DMV irregardless of their immigration status.
New Governor, Arnold Swarzerneger repealed the law the below article talks about, but promised to replace it with something similar. Stay tuned.
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