Gov. Jerry Brown to sign California immigrant driver's licenses
“Enable millions more Californians to legally drive on the state’s roadways.”
After years of fruitless attempts, Gov. Jerry Brown will fulfill a longtime dream of immigrant advocates today by signing legislation offering driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants in California.
The governor will sign the bill during a ceremony at Los Angeles City Hall this morning alongside L.A. City Councilman Gil Cedillo, who championed the cause during his time in the Legislature. After that comes a second signing ceremony for the benefit of those more northerly inclined, at 12:30 p.m. at Fresno City College.
Once Brown signs the bill into law, the work of determining what the licenses will look like begins -- a fraught process, given that advocates expressed concerns throughout the bill's journey about how conspicuously different the new cards will be.
The DMV is given until no later than Jan. 1, 2015, to develop a process for accepting alternative documentation, but Alejo said officials with the agency told him they may be able to begin issuing the licenses in September or October of 2014.