The DMV recently released a list of documents which undocumented immigrants
will need to take advantage of the new drivers' license law.
In addition to a foreign passport and Mexican electoral card, applicants
can submit school paperwork, tax returns and a number of different documents
secondary review." Other states allow undocumented immigrants to receive a license,
but no other jurisdiction has this feature. Officials state that 40 of
the 900 employees that Assembly Bill 60 created will be dedicated to document review.
Applicants in Bakersfield can take the driving test as early as January 2, 2015.
The new drivers' license law should provide welcome relief to many
who are currently driving without a license, because the penalties are
quite stiff if you get caught. VC 12500(a) prohibits driving on a public
street without a license and include jail time, probation, or a significant fine.
12500 is just the beginning. Some other common drivers' license violations
in Kern County include:
Some other drivers' license violations are failure to sign a drivers'
license, not having a license in your possession while driving and permitting
an unlicensed minor to drive.