California Begins Illegal Immigrants Drivers License Program

Posted: Jan 02, 2015 11:13 AM

Under California's Safe and Responsible Drivers Act, illegal immigrants will be able to apply for drivers licenses this year. Before, a legal social security number was required for a license in California, but under the new law as many as 1.4 million illegal immigrants are expected to be granted licenses.

As the Associated Press reports:

California on Friday will start taking driver's license applications from the nation's largest population of immigrants in the country illegally.

California is one of 10 states that now provide licenses to immigrants in the country illegally. The licenses issued to immigrants without legal status will include a distinctive marking and are not considered a valid form of federal identification.

As the AP notes, this wouldn't be the first state to provide drivers licenses to illegal immigrants, but it would be opening the largest illegal immigrant population in the country to a program that would grant drivers licenses.