Monday, January 5, 2015
Mexico/California 'Undocumented Individuals' Licensing Accord
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.
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
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.
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