On January 1, 2015, millions of new drivers will take to California’s already stressed roads and streets, thanks to a new law that will allow many of those previously denied the privilege – due to their undocumented status – the right to drive legally.
Yes, we know that many of them may have already been driving without a license, but we believe that those who until now were afraid to risk driving without a license, but are now eligible, might be enticed to buy a car and do what so many of take for granted: drive to work, the grocery store, or to visit family and friends.
Add them to the crop of new 16-year-olds applying for a driver’s license, and it’s possible, maybe even likely, that the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) could be overwhelmed by the increased demand for driver’s licenses, permits, written and road tests and new vehicle registrations.
To date, much of the discussion has concentrated on what driver’s licenses for the undocumented should like. The DMV has said little about how it plans to handle the avalanche of new business. It is our hope the DMV will work on some solutions during the next four months and advise state residents in a timely manner of any changes they plan to make at local DMV offices.
Most Californians already shudder at the thought of having to go to the DMV, where it could take hours to handle your business if you don’t have an appointment. Our advise, start planning now to take care of DMV related business before the end of the year, it could save you time and frustration.