California Design of Driver’s License for Immigrants Rejected

Federal Authorities have rejected the newly proposed design for California’s driver’s license for undocumented immigrants, our Los Angeles immigration attorneys have learned. According to a report released by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the Federal government says it is not distinguishable enough for security purposes from permits given to citizens and lawful permanent residents.

The Washington officials want the license to state clearly on the front “that it is not acceptable for official federal purposes” and to have a design or color that differentiates it at a glance from other licenses. The proposed design that was submitted for review did not differ from other California licenses except for a subtle mark on the front and a disclaimer on the back in small print: “This card is not acceptable for official federal purposes.”

Officials in California said Tuesday that the decision by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) could possibly delay distribution of the first licenses as certain immigrant-rights activists will fight proposals that would make these licenses would different from other licenses.

“Covering the fronts of licenses with the information that Homeland Security is demanding would subject the holders to unnecessary discrimination and possible harassment,” said State Senator Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles).

The bill, AB-60, passed last year, will implement driver’s license issuance to undocumented immigrants beginning on January 1, 2015. If you have a question for our immigration lawyer in Los Angeles, contact us now for a FREE consultation.

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