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May 13, 2014 > Rules proposed for immigrant driver's license

Rules proposed for immigrant driver's license

By Amy Taxin Associated Press

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP), California on Friday proposed rules for what documents immigrants in the country illegally will need to present to get a driver's license.

The state's Department of Motor Vehicles proposed using foreign government-issued identification like passports or consular cards or to have immigrants go through an interview process and use marriage, divorce or other documents to prove their identity.

The move would make the state the first to offer a secondary review process for immigrants, the Department of Motor Vehicles said in a statement.

Two public hearings on the proposed rules will be held in June.

California will start issuing the new licenses by January 2015. The state, which is one of nearly a dozen to approve driver's licenses for immigrants in the country illegally, expects to issue about 1.4 million of the licenses in the first three years.

The state was recently dealt a blow when federal Homeland Security officials rejected the proposed design of the license, saying it didn't meet national identification standards.

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