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Monday, January 5, 2015

Mexico/California 'Undocumented Individuals' Licensing Accord


Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs


The Mexican Foreign Ministry and the California Department of Motor Vehicles (signed) a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the effective implementation of Law AB60. This law allows undocumented individuals in the state to apply for a new type of driver’s license.


The signing of the memorandum is the result of the impetus that President Enrique Peña Nieto and Governor Jerry Brown have given to the relationship between Mexico and California.


The Mexican government began talks with California state authorities in December 2013 to create a real-time electronic document verification system. While complying with all of the Mexican laws and regulations concerning the protection of personal data, the system will ensure that Mexican identification documents, especially the passport, high security consular ID card, and the National Electoral Institute voter registration card are each accepted as sufficient identification for Mexican applicants for the new driver’s licenses.


The memorandum, signed last December 18 by the Consul General of Mexico in Sacramento, Carlos González Gutiérrez, and the deputy director of the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Wesley Goo, lays the foundation for cooperation between California authorities and the network of ten Mexican consulates in the state. This will allow redoubled efforts to inform the immigrant community about the details of the new law and protect against potential abuse and fraud.


Law AB-60, which will potentially benefit 1.4 million people, (went) into force on January 1, 2015, and the new licenses (are being issued as of) January 2.



Press release, "The Foreign Ministry and the California Government Agree to work together to Facilitate the Issuance of Driver's Licenses to Mexican Citizens," Dec. 23, 2014, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), Mexico, DF; translation by SRE

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