DMV takes input on licenses for people in U.S. without documents

DMV starts taking public input on new state law for licensing people who are in the country illegally

The first in a series of hearings on what steps people who are in the country illegally should take to obtain California driver's licenses was held Tuesday in Los Angeles.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles is holding the hearings to gather public opinion on the documentation that such drivers will need to get licenses. 

A second session is scheduled for Oakland on Thursday, ahead of a new state law that mandates licensing for California drivers who pass all required tests but can’t prove legal residency in the United States, NBC Los Angeles reported. 

The DMV has outlined several proposed combinations of documents that would satisfy requirements, including national ID cards, passports, or consular cards, in addition to proof of California residency.

Suggestions from attendees at the L.A. hearing included working with local consulates to obtain documentation and making translators available to applicants, according to KION-TV.

The DMV must implement the new license regulations by Jan. 1, per the law.

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