In October we discussed the bill signed by California Governor Jerry Brown which will allow those immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally to obtain a driver’s license in California. We covered our top questions at that time and now we want to address two additional questions that keep popping up with our clients:
- Do I have to live in California to obtain the California driver’s license for illegal immigrants?
- Can I use my California driver’s license to drive in other states?
Yes, you must reside in California to obtain a California driver’s license whether you have legal status or not. Traveling to California and pretending to live here just to obtain a driver’s license is illegal and you can face grave consequences for committing fraud. (Please note that this law will not go into effect until January 2015)
Yes, you can drive outside of the state of California with the California driver’s license for illegal immigrants but be weary of the policies of other states regarding questioning those suspected of being in the U.S. illegally.
Contact us (916) 613–3553 regarding your immigration questions and concerns. We would be happy to advise you as to the best options available to you.