All people who drive in the state of California are legally required to carry valid drivers’ licenses. For non-citizens, this can be complicated at times, leaving many alien residents unsure of how to obtain licenses. In 2013, the Governor approved a bill that would allow immigrants who do not have a green card or permanent residency to legally apply for and receive licenses from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
In the first week that people without legal status were allowed to apply for drivers’ licenses, the state reportedly issued nearly 10,000 such licenses. It is expected that by 2018, as many as 1.4 million applications to the DMV will be made by illegal immigrants. Recent reports have highlighted some issues that may arise for people when seeking their legal drivers’ licenses.