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Immigrants Fret About License Design, Rules


LOS ANGELES — California officials are holding a hearing on what immigrants in the country illegally will need to apply for driver's license starting next year.

The Department of Motor Vehicles will take public comment Tuesday in Los Angeles and at a second hearing Thursday in Oakland on the documents required to prove identity and state residency for the new licenses.


Immigrant advocates say they want to ensure applicants' personal information won't be shared with federal immigration agents. The immigrants say they are worried the license will look different after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said the document should state on its face that it isn't for official federal purposes.

The National Immigration Law Center says 11 states have approved issuing a driver's license or card to immigrants in the country illegally.

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