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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Driver License Scams Could Wring Immigrants of Cash

Posted By on Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 5:05 PM

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The driver license has become a rite of passage for teens eager to break free of their parents.

And while the journey to obtain one is not easy or fun — get a lift to the DMV, wait in line for many hours, and prove you can in fact parallel park — the cards are an object of desire, especially for those who cannot legally obtain them.

But when the new year rolls around, California residents of any immigration status will be able to legally get a driver's license.

And here come the scammers.
California's Attorney General Kamala Harris is warning the public that when immigrants are able to legally obtain their license, individuals could try to dupe them into paying exorbitant and unnecessary amounts to process their license applications — and then pocket that extra cash. 

"When major changes to laws affecting immigrants are passed, con artists often emerge to prey on vulnerable consumers," Harris says in a statement released today.

Bottom line, Harris says: "You should not pay anyone to help you complete driver license documents."

The scams can be easily avoided. Just don't trust anyone other than the DMV which requires payment to process an application for a driver license.

Set to be implemented Jan. 1, 2015, a new law will make it illegal for a person to charge for the completion of a diver license application for another person. Under AB 60, the DMV will charge $33 per license — the same price any of us pay for the average driver's license. Information on the law and directions on how to obtain a license through it can be found here.

Remember to make an appointment with the DMV to chop your wait time in half.

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