The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) and the California Department of Motor Vehicles signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the effective implementation of law AB60. The law will permit undocumented persons to obtain a new type of driver’s license in the state.

The signing of the memorandum is the result of the new emphasis President Enrique Peña Nieto and Governor Jerry Brown have given to the Mexico – California relationship.

In December of 2013, the government of Mexico began talks with California state officials to establish an electronic verification system for documents in real time. In compliance with all Mexican laws and norms related to the protection of personal data, this system will make it possible for Mexican documents of identification, particularly passports, consular ID cards and voter ID cards, to be accepted as primary documents adequate to identify Mexican citizens applying for the new driver's license.

The memorandum, signed this past December 18th by Carlos González Gutiérrez, Mexican Consul General in Sacramento, and Wesley Goo, Deputy Director of the California Department of Motor Vehicles, sets the stage for cooperation between California officials and the network of 10 Mexican consulates in the state. It will allow is to double our efforts in order to inform the immigrant community of the details of the new law and protect them against possible fraud or abuse.

Law AB-60, which will potentially benefit 1.4 million people, will go into effect on January 1, 2015, and the new licenses will begin to be issued on January 2.