REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – As California prepares to accept thousands of drivers’ license applications from undocumented immigrants living in the state, immigrant advocates urge applicants to be wary.
Advocates warn that while most applications will likely be approved, undocumented immigrants who previously obtained a driver’s license under a false name or with another person’s social security number should first seek advice from a lawyer. They say applying for a new license could trigger a fraud investigation.
Advocates also issued the same warning to undocumented immigrants with prior deportation orders or criminal records because immigration officials can access Department of Motor Vehicle records during an investigation.
California begins issuing drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants at the beginning of the New Year.