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Issue Position: Real ID

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Issue Position: Real ID

SB 60 conforms California law with the Federal Real ID Act of 2005.

In 2005, Congress passed and President Bush signed the Federal Real ID Act of 2005. The Act requires that states retool their system of issuing driver's license to ensure uniformity among all states and greater security regarding both the license itself and the identity of the person to whom it is issued. States must begin issuing Federal Real ID compliant licenses by May 2008.

California has a population of approximately 2 million undocumented immigrants who live and work in our state. In 1993, California stopped issuing driver's licenses to drivers that could not prove legal residency. Persons who can not show proof of legal residency currently drive on our roadways without being tested, licensed, or insured.


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