In 2015, California DMV issued more than 600,000 Driver’s License under AB 60.
Here are the things you need to know about AB 60.
Q1. What is an AB 60 license and how can I use it?
Governor Brown signed AB 60 into law in 2013, which directs the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to issue a driver’s license to any California resident who is eligible, regardless of immigration status. This means that an applicant who is undocumented can receive a driver’s license under AB 60.
Q2. How can I use an AB 60 license?
An AB 60 license is valid for driving and for state ID purposes. An AB 60 license is not a federal ID and cannot be used for certain federal purposes, such as entering restricted parts of federal buildings. It does not give anyone the right to work, vote, or receive any benefits that the person wasn’t already eligible for.
Q3. Is there any risk of using an AB 60 license with law enforcement?
It is against the law for state and local law enforcement to discriminate against someone because he or she has an AB 60 license. This means that you can use your AB 60 license to identify yourself to California police officers if you get pulled over in a traffic stop.
But the law does not protect against discrimination from federal law enforcement or law enforcement from other states. Because of this, do not present an AB 60 license to federal officials, such as ICE, CBP, or TSA, or to law enforcement in another state.
Q4. Can I use an AB 60 license to board an airplane?
We recommend NOT using an AB 60 license to board an airplane. There are two risks. First, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) might not accept it. The TSA has been inconsistent regarding the acceptance of AB 60 licenses (or similar licenses from other states). Second, and more importantly, TSA officials could use the license as a basis to stop someone, question that person, and ultimately refer the person to ICE. AB 60 does not protect against discrimination by TSA officials, and the concern is that TSA agents may use an AB 60 license to flag people and refer them to ICE. If a person needs to fly, she should use other identity documents, such as an unexpired passport, and be aware that TSA engages in immigration enforcement.
Q5. What if I applied for a California driver’s license in the past?
If I had a valid CA driver’s license in the past, can I apply for a new one under AB 60?
If you applied for a driver’s license in the past using only correct information, there should not be any problem in applying for an AB 60 license. Some people who are undocumented may have applied for a driver’s license before California began requiring proof of lawful status in 1993. Other people may have had lawful status in the past and obtained a driver’s license. If you used false information in a previous application to the DMV, see the following questions.