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Illegal Immigrants will be Permitted to Apply for Driver's Licenses in California

By Chelsea KAY, @ChelseaKayTv
Published On: Oct 01 2012 07:28:21 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 01 2012 10:53:45 PM CDT
CALIFORNIA -

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a new bill that will allow young illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.

There are several differing opinions on how this law will play out but Brown's legislation ensures that there will still be guidelines to regulate who can and cannot receive a license.

Under the new plan, illegal immigrants will have to qualify for a new federal program if they want to apply for a California license.

This program will allow illegal immigrants  to apply for work permits if they came to the United States before they were 16 years old and if they are younger than 30 at the time of applying.

One spokesman for Gov. Brown said that he believes the federal government should "pursue comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship." He said that making the immigrants eligible to apply for driver's licenses was the "obvious next step."

This new law will take effect on Jan. 1.