DMV prepares for AB60
Starting Friday the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will begin issuing driver licenses under AB 60—the new law requiring DMV to issue a driver license to applicants who can prove identity and California residency.
The DMV anticipates processing approximately 1.4 million additional driver license applications during the first three years after implementation of AB 60, according to a press release.
“DMV is committed to successfully implementing this new law to increase safety on California roads by putting licensed drivers behind the steering wheel,” DMV Director Jean Shiomoto stated in the press release. “Californians planning to apply for a new driver license under AB 60 should study for their exams and gather the required documents for proving identity and residency.”
In anticipation of AB 60, the DMV participated in nearly 200 public workshops and community meetings, reaching approximately 50,000 potential applicants, according to the press release.
Furthermore, it implemented Saturday office hours by appointment for all new driver license applicants at 60 DMV offices starting Saturday.
The DMV also doubled the standard 45-day window to allow customers to schedule DMV appointments up to 90 days in advance
Additionally, it opened four driver license processing centers to increase capacity and process first time driver license applicants by appointment or walk-in service.
According to the press release, the DMV also hired 900 employees to in anticipation to the new law.
Before AB 60, state law required motorists to prove identity and legal presence to obtain a driver license. Under the new law, motorists who cannot prove legal presence may obtain a license, but must prove identity and California residency. They also have to meet previously set general requirements such as passing a vision test, driver license knowledge test and the behind-the-wheel drive test.
The list of documents that applicants can use to prove identity and residence is available at ab60.dmv.ca.gov.
For more information on AB 60, including sample interactive tests, webcasts, and information about how to obtain a new driver license, visit ab60.dmv.ca.gov.