Although thousands of immigrants residing in California are eager to get their driver’s licenses, many others are being told to think twice about it.
Advocates for undocumented immigrants state that most illegal aliens will be able to get their driver’s licenses without issue. They are warning others, however,to contact a lawyer before seeking a new drivers license if they have used a false name or social security number in the past. The same advice holds true for immigrants who have a criminal record or past deportation order since law enforcement and federal immigration officials have full access to the Department of Motor Vehicles files and data during investigations. This advice given is certainly not meant to scare immigrants since many are already risking getting a ticket because they are driving their kids to school or are going to work. But, it is also important that immigrants understand that there are some risks involved.