What is AB 60?

Beginning on January 1, 2015, the state of California started making permits and licenses available to all California residents, regardless of their immigration status. California residents without a social security number or proof of legal presence can apply for an AB 60 Permit or Driver License, which comes with the same privileges as a Basic Class C Driver License.

Instead of providing a social security number and proof of legal presence, applicants for an AB 60 Permit or Driver License must provide satisfactory proof of identity (California ID, Mexican Passport, Guatemala Passport, etc.) and California residency (lease, utility bill, school record, etc.).

Applicants for an AB 60 Permit or Driver License must also submit all other required paperwork and documents to the DMV.


Like an applicant for a Basic Class C Driver License, an applicant for an AB 60 Driver License also needs to present a DL 44 (Driver License Application) at the DMV. To have a DL 44 mailed to you, call DMV’s Automated Telephone Service at 1-800-777-0133 (available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week). You can also visit your local DMV office to pick one up.

  • If you were previously issued a social security number, enter it on the DL 44 form.
  • If you were never issued a social security number, check the box on the application indicating this.
  • Don’t use a false social security number or one that wasn’t issued to you by the Social Security Administration.
  • Do not complete the voter registration form if you aren’t a U.S. citizen.

Learn more about the AB 60 Driver License at Drive CA and the DMV.

Are AB 60 permits and licenses recognized by the state of California?

All AB 60 Permits and Licenses are recognized as valid by the state of California. Every AB 60 Permit and License will have a visible distinguishing feature on the front that reads “Federal Limits Apply.” On the back, it will note “Not Acceptable for Official Federal Purposes.”

Please note that the law prohibits the state, local officials or agents, and any program that receives state funds from discriminating against you because you hold or present an AB 60 Permit or License. Your AB 60 Permit or License should be accepted by state and local law enforcement the same way as any other state-issued license or ID card.

Click here to learn more about your rights with an AB 60 Driver License.

What is Secondary Review?

Secondary Review occurs when the DMV needs to further investigate your documents or your record. It’s designed to ensure that all eligible Californians are able to obtain a permit or license, regardless of their immigration status.

Your application for an AB 60 Permit or License will be on hold and you can’t take your driving test until you complete the Secondary Review process. However, you should be able to take your written test. The DMV employee should explain why you’re being referred to Secondary Review.

Reasons you may be referred to Secondary Review include:

  • You previously submitted an invalid SSN or there was a mismatch with a previous DMV record
  • The identity documents you provided aren’t on the list of approved documents and must be further verified by the DMV
  • Any of the documents you’ve provided are perceived as potentially fraudulent
  • You’ve received a ticket from law enforcement in the past while driving (whether or not you gave your true name).

You can access the Secondary Review Application here. To schedule a Secondary Review appointment, call 855-421-1001. Wait times may vary, depending on call volume. You’ll receive an appointment confirmation letter by mail.

You’ll have another opportunity to prove your identity and California residency using a wider variety of documents, and you’ll be required to attend an extra appointment with a DMV at a different office than the field office you originally visited. Secondary Review is conducted by staff members of the DMV’s Investigations Division, who will review your identity and residency documents. Your interview make take up to one hour.

The Secondary Review process can take anywhere from two weeks to three months- it all depends on volume and the region you’re applying in.

You can email general questions about the Secondary Review process to: driverslicense@caimmigrant.org

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