October 3, 2013 / 5:49 PM / 4 years ago

Illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses under new California law

SACRAMENTO, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Illegal immigrants living in California may soon be able to apply for driver's licenses under a law signed on Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown, in the latest in a string of moves expanding privileges for such immigrants in the most populous U.S. state.

The move marked a major victory for Latino and immigration rights activists who have fought for decades for such a law, which was expected to spur 1.4 million people to apply for licenses over the next three years.

The bill was previously passed in the Democratic-led state legislature by votes of 28-8 in the Senate and 55-19 in the Assembly. (Reporting by Sharon Bernstein; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)

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