Calif. CDLs require residency

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Motor Vehicles has instituted new application requirements designed to block illegal immigrants from obtaining commercial driver’s licenses.

The provisions require all new and existing CDL applicants and renewals to provide proof of California residency.

The DMV already requires applicants to provide proof of U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent residency or legal presence.

The new California residency requirement means original and renewal CDL applicants, as well as CDL holders requesting a license upgrade, have to bring either a rental or lease agreement, mortgage bill, home utility bill, employment documents or other documents that prove residency in the state.

Drivers applying for a CDL who don’t have a California driver’s license are required to show two documents proving state residency, while applicants with a California license only have to show one document as proof of residency.

Documents accepted to prove U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent residency or legal presence include a valid U.S. Passport, a certified copy of a birth certificate and a valid permanent resident card.

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