Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Months ahead, Calif. immigrants study for test to obtain upcoming driver's license

Immigrants can apply for driver licenses in 2015 and they are studying now so they pass the test. This is a good decision, the roads will be safer for everyone.   - - Donna Poisl

By AMY TAXIN  Associated Press

SANTA ANA, California — There's a lot riding on a California law to grant driver's licenses to immigrants in the country illegally and supporters are already preparing prospective drivers to pass the test required to get one.

A Mexican consulate is hosting monthly driver's license test preparation classes. A community college is designing a 15-hour course to help immigrants prepare. And the state's Department of Motor Vehicles has put together new audio materials in Spanish with months to go before the new licenses are issued.

The push comes after Nevada saw 90 percent of immigrants flunk the written test in the first few weeks a new driver authorization card was offered. The California DMV is also concerned that immigrants may not know they need to take a written test when they apply for a license, and that some applicants may not have the literacy proficiency needed to pass.
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