California Driver Licenses

Molly Redden filed this request with the Department of Motor Vehicles of California.
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From: Molly Redden

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

1) A list, preferably in a table, of driver license applications submitted in the state of California between Jan 1, 2014 to present by people born in Puerto Rico. This should include the date the application was submitted, the person's current residence, their birthplace (Puerto Rico) and if the application was approved, pending or denied and the reason why it is pending or denied.
2) A description of the process and/or policies used to verify the eligibility of people in Puerto Rico for a driver's license in California.
3) Copies of all materials and/or instructions used to verify the citizenship of people born in Puerto Rico.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. As I am a member of the media and this information will be used to inform the public, I request a fee waiver for this request. Also, as this is urgent public information, I request that it be expedited.

In the event that there are fees, I would be willing to pay up to $10 and I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.

I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Molly Redden

From: Department of Motor Vehicles

Molly Redden
MuckRock News, DEPT MR 76517
411A Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Re: Public Records Act Request
PRA-19-169

Dear Ms. Redden:

The California Department of Motor Vehicles acknowledges receipt of your email dated and received on July 3, 2019, requesting the following records pursuant to the California Public Records Act (Government Code section 6250 et seq.).

1. "A list, preferably in a table, of driver license applications submitted in the state of California between Jan 1, 2014 to present by people born in Puerto Rico. This should include the date the application was submitted, the person's current residence, their birthplace (Puerto Rico) and if the application was approved, pending or denied and the reason why it is pending or denied."

2. "A description of the process and/or policies used to verify the eligibility of people in Puerto Rico for a driver's license in California."

3. "Copies of all materials and/or instructions used to verify the citizenship of people born in Puerto Rico."

There are no identifiable documents responsive to your request in item #1, as the Department does not track applicant place of birth.

In response to items #2 and #3, information on obtaining a California driver's license (including acceptable identity documents) may be found online at: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffdl05#dltypes. Please also find (attached) California Code of Regulations (Article 2.0) pertaining to driver license/identification card eligibility requirements and acceptable identity documents.

Sincerely,

Michael Rand, Attorney
Department of Motor Vehicles
Legal Affairs Division
Tel: (916) 657-6469
Fax: (916) 657-6243

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From: Molly Redden

Hello,

Thank you for your response. To clear up point one of my request, I'd like to amend it to: A list, preferably in a table, of driver license applications submitted in the state of Connecticut between Jan 1, 2014 to present by people who used documents from Puerto Rico to verify their identity in applying for a driver's license. This should include the date the application was submitted, the person's current residence, their birthplace (Puerto Rico) and if the application was approved, pending or denied and the reason why it is pending or denied. I am asking you to build a table if one does not already exist.

Thank you!

-Sophie Will
sophie.will@huffpost.com
6178880900

From: Department of Motor Vehicles

Ms. Will,

Thank you for your e-mail. There are no identifiable documents responsive to your request in item #1 (nor can one be created), as the Department does not track this information (i.e., documents presented, applicant place of birth).

Note: I will assume that you meant "state of California" as opposed to "state of Connecticut."

Regards,

Michael Rand, Attorney
Department of Motor Vehicles
Legal Affairs Division
Tel: (916) 657-6469
Fax: (916) 657-6243

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This communication with its contents may contain confidential and/or legally privileged information. It is solely for the use of the intended recipient(s). Unauthorized interception, review, use or disclosure is prohibited and may violate applicable laws including the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and destroy all copies of the communication.

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