The number of illegal aliens applying for driver's licenses in California has doubled the projected estimate and overwhelmed DMV workers. According to DMV Director Jean Shiomoto, the number of illegal aliens applying for the new program is twice what they expected.
While preparing to implement the program, DMV officials estimated that about 1.4 million illegal aliens would apply over the course of three years. In the three months since Assembly Bill 60 has gone into effect, 493,998 illegal aliens have applied to obtain a drivers license. Of those applications, 203,000 have obtained a license to date.
“The interest in this program is far greater than anyone anticipated,” Shiomoto said in a statement.
Although the DMV spent months preparing for the influx of new customers by hiring additional staff, opening new offices, and extending hours, officials and customers complain of longer wait times at field offices and processing centers.
California is one of 10 states that now provide licenses to immigrants in the country illegally.
For more on this story, see the Merced Sun-Star.
Updated: Mon, Apr 20th 2015 @ 1:25pm EDT