California Governor Jerry Brown is due to sign an immigration bill into law today that will allow illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses. Assemblyman Luis Alejo says the measure is "a plus" to everyone because applicants will have to pass a driving test and have proof of insurance. He also expects that the state will see a decrease in the number of hit and runs involving undocumented drivers.
Several immigrant and labor groups originally opposed the plan because the license looks different. The design was later changed so that the only difference will be the letters DP on the front standing for "driver's privilege." The license cannot be used for voter registration, employment eligibility or other public benefits.