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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2014
AB 60 Proposed Regulations Available For Public Comment
Proposed Regulations Describe How DMV Will Verify Applicant Identity and California Residency
SACRAMENTO - The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced today that the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) has published the proposed regulations for AB 60-the new law requiring DMV to issue a driver license to applicants who can prove identity and California residence and meet all other licensing requirements, such as passing the written and behind-the-wheel driving exams.
"DMV is committed to successfully implementing this new law to increase safety on California roads and protect the high level of security in our licensing and identity verification procedures." said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto. "We will carefully consider the public comments we receive on these proposed regulations and make revisions as necessary."
State law requires motorists to prove identity and legal presence to obtain a driver license. Under AB 60, motorists who cannot prove legal presence must prove identity and California residency to obtain a license. The proposed regulations released today define the categories of documents DMV will accept to verify the identity and California residence of future applicants.
DMV anticipates continually updating a list of specific documents-for example eventually allowing a Mexican Consular Card as a sole means of proving identity-as DMV works with other governments to finalize methods of electronically verifying documents.
"These proposed regulations detail how applicants will be able to prove identity and California residency to obtain a driver license under AB 60," Shiomoto added. "Although these regulations are not final, we encourage future applicants to begin gathering documents now that they will use to prove identity and residency."
The proposed regulations also describe a secondary process for applicants who are unable to produce the documents otherwise required to prove identity. Under that secondary review, applicants must interview with a DMV investigator who will attempt to verify the applicant's identity. California is the first state in the nation to offer a secondary review process for applicants that lack typical identification documents to prove identity.
"As we prepare for the issuance of licenses in California, it's important that those who will benefit from AB 60 begin to gather the appropriate documents in order to apply for a driver's license," said LA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, a longtime advocate of increasing the number of Californians able to get a driver license. "I also highly encourage individuals to study for the written test and begin taking driving lessons. All of these things will make the process of attaining a driver's license much easier."
DMV encourages the public to review the proposed regulations and make comments. The public comment period begins on Friday, May 9, 2014, and closes 45 days later on Monday, June 23, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. Comments on the proposed regulations can be sent to Legal Affairs Division, P.O. Box 932382, Mail Station: C128, Sacramento, CA 94232 or by e-mail to LADRegulations@dmv.ca.gov.
DMV will also conduct two public hearings to receive comments on the proposed regulations, one in Northern California and one in Southern California, as follows:
June 24, 2014
June 26, 2014
After the public hearings, consideration of the public comment and any necessary revisions, DMV will deliver final regulations to OAL for review and approval. AB 60 requires the DMV to begin issuing licenses pursuant to AB 60, no later than January 1, 2015.
All future applicants will have to pass the standard written and drive exams, so DMV encourages future applicants to begin studying the California Driver Handbook available on the DMV webpage at www.dmv.ca.gov. For more information on AB 60, including sample interactive tests, webcasts, and information about public comment, visit: http://apps.dmv.ca.gov/ab60/index.html.
An applicant able to meet these identity and California residency requirements and all other requirements for licensure will be able to receive a driver license.
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