California Poised to Grant Driver’s Licenses to Young Illegal Immigrants

Jim Sanders, The Sacramento Bee, August 22, 2012

California is on the verge of allowing hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants to receive driver’s licenses for the first time in nearly two decades.

The key question is how to do it.

The issue of granting driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants has raged in the Legislature for much of the past decade, without resolution, but fighting is largely moot now due to a new federal policy.

President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals gives a select group of undocumented immigrants the right to live and work in the United States for two years without fear of deportation.

California is laying the groundwork for extending the privilege to driving, too, for an estimated 400,000 immigrants.


The governor, on the campaign trail, had spoken against changing state law to allow all undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.

Deferred Action applies to undocumented immigrants between the ages of 15 and 31, who were brought to America before the age of 16 and have no criminal record. Participants also must be either high school students or graduates who have lived in the United States continuously for five years.


Republican lawmakers turned thumbs down Wednesday on giving such a public benefit to anyone who entered the country illegally, whether they did so as children or not.

“If they’re not here legally, they shouldn’t get driver’s licenses under any circumstances,” said Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Marysville.


Though California’s DMV points to the federal Deferred Action program as rationale for lifting its current ban on such licenses, Arizona has demonstrated that states’ hands are not tied in the matter.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed an executive order this month directing state agencies not to issue driver’s licenses or other public benefits to Deferred Action participants.

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  • Conan

    Good news for Undertakers in California at least.

  • AntiLiberal

    If all those feel-good California liberals want to give illegal aliens driver’s licenses, I say let them. This will give incentive for illegal aliens living in states like Arizona to move to California. This measure will undoubtedly cause a lot of problems in California, and all the liberals who enabled these problems will eventually get served by the reality they have been pining for.

  • Rocky Bass,

    Will this act also place these illegals straight onto the voter rolls via “motor voter”?

    • The__Bobster

      They will vote, as other Mestizos will be minding the polling places. Then the Democrats will deny that they voted.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    Are they going to force them to get insurance and register their vehicles too?
    My wife and I have both been hit by illegals, same story both times.

    No insurance!
    No Drivers License!
    No vehicle registration!
    No habla!!!!!!!

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      and… No help from Police.

  • They drive here in CA regardless of whether they have a license or not.  The rule of law is of no consequence to these invaders.  Invaders do not obey the law.  Of course the CA legislature will grant them licenses, but mandating that they get insurance will be seen as having a “disparate impact” on the finances of these poor downtrodden, oppressed people.  The ironic thing is that (according to leftists) we NEED these poor, downtrodden, oppressed people to  “take care of us” because there are not enough whites to take care of an aging population!  The madness never ends.

  • crystal evans

    At least the illegals would have to pass a written test and a driving test to get a license. From what I read today, they could not get a non-driving California ID card because this is seen as a state benefit while the drivers license is not. The only thing is that the license is good for two years and if Romney stops the program, they would not be able to renew their licenses unless they change their immigrantion status.

    • Up to my neck in CA

      A CA. drivers license is good for 5 years. The CA DMV is run by blacks and Mexicans, so you tell me, are they legit licenses? This article is from 2008, so I assume it has only gotten worse.

      • crystal evans

        From what I understand, the drivers license expires on the date that the work permit expires. The work permit must be renewed every two years. So there is no way that these youth can get a drivers license that is good for 5 years unless they get a green card or US citizenship.

        • 14POLK88

          Crystal the only they should be granted is a boot in their illegal ass!!

  • Chimp Master Rules

    . . . because we don’t want kids driving to a drive-by massacre without a license.  We want to do everything nice and legal-like.

  • Will they suspend it when they get pulled over for DWI?

    • crystal evans

      Will they be deported if they have a DUI accident and someone is killed? That would be considered a felony under California law.

      • The__Bobster

        An ICE agent was just suspended for refusing to release a squatty who was caught for the tenth time driving under the influence. Oh, and the invader was allowed to walk.

      • Dream on….

  • If they get licenses, they will be able to vote.  Don’t.  Doubt.  Me.

    They can already get welfare and jobs.

    This means that if they remain in certain illegal alien friendly states, they are already de facto citizens.

    Comma, Crystal Evans.

    • crystal evans

      This is why I am against giving drivers licenses to illegal immigrants.  However, I am for giving illegals a  driving privelege card, which is done in Utah. It would be stamped” NOT VALID FOR ID PURPOSES”. This would allow to purchase insurance and to drive legally.

    • crystal evans

      I could not agree with you more. This is one of my main concerns with giving these illegals a drivers license.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    A foreign national granted amnesty to foreign nationals.  And now drivers licenses.

    California is home to more than 400,000 young immigrants expected to qualify.

    Way to go California!!  More opportunities for driving w/o insurance, non-use of seat belts, fatal drunk driving accidents and drive by shootings – what does that matter when the main goal is access to California’s motor-voter law. 

    There will be 400,000 new democrat voters for the Nov. election.


  • bluffcreek1967

    I knew that CA granting driver’s licenses to illegals was a just a matter of time. This is just one, of many reasons, why this State is in such trouble. CA politicians and officials do everything within their power to accomodate the Mexican invasion. Liberals and multi-culturalists fought every attempt to keep them out or to have them deported or to deny them privileges granted only to citizens. Even when CA passed a vehicle code section allowing police to impound the cars of unlicensed drivers (mostly illegal Mexican invaders), they placed enormous pressure on police departments to reduce those same impounds (and it worked!).

    It’s not merely the liberals and multi-culturalists who are the enemies of Whites, it also the Mexican people themselves. I understand, of course, that there are exceptions. I am speaking in general terms. Nonetheless, the Mexican invaders, including those who encourage and house them, have shown over the past 50 years that they care nothing about our laws, our sovereignty nor our culture. Contrary to popular opinion, they do not make our cities better or safer. Want proof of this? Consider places in Southern California that are dominated by Mexicans such as East L.A., Boyle Heights, the San Fernando Valley (especially Pacoima, Van Nuys, North Hollywood), most of L.A. City, and most of the San Gabriel Valley, including Santa Ana in Orange County. Isn’t it just wonderful how the Mexicans have beautified such communities? Their crimes rates make such cities lovely places to raise a family, don’t you think?      

    • Don’t need to tell me! I live in L.A.(The San Fernando Valley) and watched my once beautiful neighborhood in Van Nuys turn into a third-world s**t-hole right in front of my eyes and have known at LEAST 20 people who’ve been hit by illegals w/o a license in about as many years,it is disgusting REALLY DISGUSTING!

  • JackKrak

    One step closer to their Democratic registration card

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    I wonder if they will require them to get insurance, or will the insurance companies just charge me more for uninsured motorists.

    • crystal evans

      I think that you would be charged more for uninsured motorist because insurance for these invaders initially will be high because unless they have been stopped by the cops before, they would have no driving record and would be considered assigned risk until they can prove otherwise.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        They qualify for low income discounts in California.

        CBS reports: 

        A little known state program that offers low cost car insurance to low-income California drivers just got cheaper.

        A policy under the California Low Cost Automobile Insurance Program now costs $287 a year, down from $350.


        • crystal evans

          How many of these illegals would actually get insurance? I wonder if they even look at these people’s driving record?

  • crystal evans

    As a result of this, you have illegals who have lived in the US for 20 years or more and cannot speak English. They use their 7 or 8 year old kid as their translator.

  • Our government in this state is run by La Raza racists, doing everything in their power to reward mexican invaders. Obamys’s Dream Act will be just the branch to hang their hat on. This state was lost long ago when prop 187 was blocked back in 1994. That was the beginning of the end. Today, illegal invaders will get their license to drive, not that they didn’t already, with zero consequences.

    This state sucks….

  • Kafka couldn’t have imagined that …

  •  Don’t worry.  White liberals won’t pay for it.  You and I will.  This website is full of tales of elitist liberal and pseudo-conservative hypocrisy.

  • IKantunderstand

    Come on, credentials of any kind are stupid or racist. I say, if you want to be a doctor, go ahead and just do it! You wanna be a lawyer? Hey, no problem, just say you’re a lawyer, and you are! Credentials,schendtials, who cares? To care would make you racist. Wake up White People! We are racist no matter what we do. If you all think you want forgiveness, it ain’t coming. If you secretely feel you don’t NEED forgiveness, well, then, God Bless You, there is hope for you still.  White people need to go on strike. If you agree, please respond to this post.

  • Don’t need to tell me! I live in L.A.(The San Fernando Valley) and
    watched my once beautiful neighborhood in Van Nuys turn into a
    third-world s**t-hole right in front of my eyes and have known at LEAST
    20 people who’ve been hit by illegals w/o a license in about as many
    years,it is disgusting REALLY DISGUSTING! I am EXACTLY like you! Used to be a liberal Dem,but they are worthless in this state! Seeing that pic of “Moonbeam” shaking hands with Gil Suckdillo when he signed the “Dream Act” just made me SICK!I hope we get a new Administration in the White House who will try these a**-holes for the traitors they are