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Undocumented Driver License Bill Making Way Through Calif. Assembly

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, April 22, 2013

Backers of the driver license legislation lined up around the room at a transportation committee meeting to voice their support. The bill would allow people without a Social Security number to apply for a driver license using an alternative form of identification. Democratic Assemblyman Luis Alejo is sponsoring the bill.  He says applicants would have to prove they live in California.

"They can't just come from another state and a get a license," Alejo says."They have to show utility bills, property, tax documents. Other documents that show the person has lived here."  

Applicants would also have to get insurance and pass all standard driving tests. He says the law would make all drivers safer.

"A more recent comprehensive DMV study shows that, compared to licensed drivers, those who drive without a license are nearly three times more likely to cause a fatal crash,' he says.

Alejo says his bill has bipartisan support and that law enforcement groups are considering endorsing it, which he says would be a big step.

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