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An effort to allow undocumented immigrants to receive driver licenses in California is on hold for this year.

Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, wrote Assembly Bill 60 to allow Californians to apply for drivers licenses regardless of their immigration status.

Wednesday evening, Alejo said he would delay the bill until January of next year to address the concerns of immigrant advocates about how the card would be visually distinct from other licenses.

"We're just taking a few more months to try and build some more consensus within the immigrant rights community," Alejo said.

Alejo said he favors something "more discreet" than the approach states with similar laws have taken to distinguishing licenses for undocumented immigrants.

"The main concern on the bill is that we make anything different on the license," Alejo said.
"There are some groups that want the same license as everyone else."

Bee reporter Jeremy B. White contributed to this report.

Editor's note: This post was updated at 8:38 p.m. Tuesday to reflect Assemblyman Alejo deciding to hold the bill.

PHOTO: A customer waits in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles office in south Sacramento on Aug. 17, 2006. The Sacramento Bee/ Randall Benton



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