Under current law, if you don’t have a Social Security number, you can’t get a license to drive in California. But proposed legislation would change that. Katie Orr reports from the Capitol.
Backers of the driver license legislation lined up around the room at a transportation committee meeting to voice their support. The bill would allow people without a Social Security number to apply for a driver license using an alternative form of identification. Democratic Assemblyman Luis Alejo is sponsoring the bill. He says applicants would have to prove they live in California.
“They can’t just come from another state and a get a license. They have to show utility bills, property, tax documents. Other documents that show the person has lived here,” says Alejo.
Applicants would also have to get insurance and pass all standard driving tests.
Alejo says his bill has bipartisan support and that law enforcement groups are considering endorsing it, which he says would be a big step.