Calif. weighs requirements for immigrant driver's licenses

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Immigrants illegally in the United States carry a long list of documents: passports, consular ID cards, birth certificates from their home countries, and those of their children born here.

The question remains which papers will allow them to apply for long-awaited driver's licenses in California next year.

Applicants will have to provide identity and residency, and pass written and road tests.

State officials are trying to balance having a secure license with making it accessible to immigrants who might not have a passport or birth certificate from their home country.

About 200 people attended a workshop in Sacramento this week to discuss which identification documents immigrants can obtain. A second workshop is planned for Southern California in February.

The state expects to process 1.4 million license applications in the program's first three years.


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