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DMV Seeks Public Input For Issuing Undocumented Immigrants’ Licenses

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A car arrives at the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

A car arrives at the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

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SAN JOSE/ SACRAMENTO (KCBS)— The California Department of Motor Vehicles is looking for public input as it works to implement the new law allowing undocumented immigrants to get their driver’s licenses.

The DMV is holding a workshop in Sacramento Tuesday to help develop regulations for implementing the law.

Assembly Bill 60 was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in October and it grants drivers licenses to all Californians regardless of legal status.

Jeremy Barousse of the Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN) in San Jose, one of several organizations from across the state participating in the workshop, said access will be important as undocumented immigrants apply for licenses over the next several years.

“Especially in San Jose, we want to see more offices and temporary offices opened in East San Jose so our immigrant communities can have easy access to the application process,” said Barousse.

The DMV expects to start issuing licenses to undocumented immigrants by late this year or early 2015.

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