Undocumented workers that would receive the privilege to drive to their jobs by being granted a driver’s license in California, will need to wait.
The reason being is the design of the document has been rejected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) arguing it is too similar to permits given to citizens. The DHS has recommended further modifications to said design and include that the license:
1.- Clearly states on its face and in the machine readable zone that it is not acceptable for official federal purposes and
2.- Uses a unique design or color indicator to distinguish them from documents that meet the standards
According to Armando Botello, a spokesman for the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the agency will redesign the driver’s license.
“While we are disappointed by this ruling, the DMV will continue to work vigorously with lawmakers, affected communities and federal officials to design a license that complies with federal law and allows over a million undocumented California residents to drive legally and safely on state roads,” Botello said in a statement.
Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law bill AB60, which would provide driver’s licenses to individuals that are in the country illegally, by requiring them to take a test and show they are safe drivers.
The design Federal officials have rejected has the initials DP for “driving privilege” on the front, instead of DL, for “driving license”.
In the back, includes a disclaimer reading "does not establish eligibility for employment or public benefit."
Activists and immigrant rights advocates fear more noticeable changes to the design would make undocumented workers an easier target for the authorities.