Booming Business at the DMV
Starting January 2, undocumented immigrants in California will be able to obtain driver’s licenses and car insurance for the first time since 1993. This change in the law is expected to have a huge impact on the DMV and California, home to the largest number of undocumented immigrants in the United States.
Approximately, 1.4 million are expected to apply for driver’s licenses over the next three years. In preparation for the influx of requests, the DMV received an extra $141 million in their budget, have added four new offices and hired 900 new staff members. Getting all California drivers tested, trained, and insured is expected to increase road safety in California, and prevent discriminatory car impounds. However, according to a spokesman for the California Immigrant Policy Center, some immigrants may fear that by requesting a driver’s license they would become a target for immigration officials.
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