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Truckee authorities educate Hispanic residents, public on AB 60

Staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. — On Dec. 18, the Truckee Police Department hosted a public assembly at the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District building with information about Assembly Bill 60.

More than 50 people, many of whom were Hispanic residents, attended and received updated information from police and the Department of Motor Vehicles at the forum, co-hosted with the Family Resource Center of Truckee.

Starting Jan. 1, 2015, AB 60 requires the DMV to issue an original driver license to an applicant who is unable to submit satisfactory proof of legal presence in the United States.

“Officers have already received training on AB 60 and are prepared to answer any questions or clarify rumors,” TPD Capt. Rob Leftwich said in a statement. “For police, it really is about making sure that operators of vehicles on roadways are educated on the rules of the road and are as prepared as possible to be safe drivers. AB 60 provides the mechanism to make that happen.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our Hispanic and Latino communities and we are happy to help in any way we can.”

Driver license applicants under AB 60 must meet all other qualifications and must provide satisfactory proof of identity and California residency, according to the law signed in 2013 by Gov. Jerry Brown.

If you are making an appointment to visit a DMV office to obtain a license under AB 60, make sure your appointment date is after Jan. 1.

You can make an appointment on DMV‘s online services webpage for Jan. 2 and beyond. The Truckee DMV office is located at 11357 Donner Pass Road.

Visit apps.dmv.ca.gov/ab60/ to learn more about AB 60.

Q-AND-A WITH POLICE

The following Q-and-A about AB 60 was provided by Truckee Police:

Q: What are the public safety benefits of allowing undocumented people to get a license?

A: California’s roads are safer if all drivers are properly tested, licensed and insured when operating motor vehicles.

Q: Did law enforcement support this bill?

A: Yes. Many law enforcement associations and agencies supported this bill to increase public safety on the roadways. Officer safety was also a concern. Supporters felt by providing a license to more drivers, it was more likely that an officer making contact with a driver would have more information about who was being contacted.

Q: Does a police officer have to accept a driver license issued under the provisions of AB 60?

A: Yes. This is a valid driver license under California law to drive the type of motor vehicle or combination of vehicles for which a person is licensed for.

Q: Can an officer use a driver license issued under the provisions of AB 60 to determine immigration/citizenship status?

A: No. The officer is prohibited by state law from using a driver license issued to consider an individual’s citizenship or immigration status as a basis for an investigation, arrest, citation or detention.

Q: Are driving authorizations/licenses from other states valid in California?

A: Yes. California is statutorily required to recognize other state driver authorization/licenses.

Q: Will any suspicion of fraud or identity theft be investigated?

A: Yes. Under the current process at DMV, a suspicion of fraud or identity theft is investigated.

Q: What will the driver license look like?

A: The face of the driver license will indicate “Federal Limits Apply” — detailed information on the back will indicate the license is not acceptable for official federal purposes.

Q: Does AB 60 also apply to commercial driver licenses or a California Identification Card?

A: No.

Q: Will applicants have to take a written test and a drive test?

A: Yes. All applicants for an original driver license must pass the standard vision, knowledge and drive test.

Q: Will the applicants need to show proof of insurance?

A: Yes. For any applicant applying for a driver license, proof of insurance is only required for the vehicle used for the drive test.