SANTA ANA, Calif.: California has proposed requiring immigrants in the country illegally to present foreign government-issued identification to obtain a driverís license or go through an interview process using other documents to prove their identity.
Under the proposal, California would require fewer documents when those presented are very secure. An interview with a DMV investigator would be required when alternate documents are used to prevent fraud.
ďWe heard from individuals that they may not have the more secure documents,Ē Kristin Triepke, policy branch chief for the DMVís license operations division, told reporters in a conference call. ďThat is why we are proposing to have our investigative staff provide this review.Ē
The announcement comes as California gears up to start issuing the new licenses by January 2015. The state is one of nearly a dozen to approve driverís licenses for immigrants in the country illegally, and expects to issue about 1.4 million of the new licenses during the first three years.
California was recently dealt a blow, however, when federal Homeland Security officials rejected the proposed design for the license, saying it didnít meet national identification standards because it was not easily distinguishable from the stateís standard driverís license. -AP