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          Date of Hearing:   May 5, 2010

                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                                Felipe Fuentes, Chair

                AB 2471 (John A. Perez) - As Amended:  April 27, 2010 

          Policy Committee:                              Banking and  
          Finance      Vote:                            13-0

          Urgency:     No                   State Mandated Local Program:  
          Yes    Reimbursable:              No

           SUMMARY  

          This bill alters current law prohibitions against, and penalties  
          for, the sell or manufacture of false DMV drivers' licenses or  
          identification (ID) cards. Specifically, the bill:

          1)Provides that, in addition to prohibiting the sell or  
            manufacture of a document that is  similar in size and form  to  
            DMV licenses and ID cards, it is also unlawful to sell  
            documents that purport to  confer the same privileges  as IDs or  
            drivers' licenses.

          2)Provides that, instead of the current penalties of a $1,000  
            fine and 24 hours of community service for violations, the  
            penalties may include a fine of between $250 and $1,000 and 24  
            hours of community service, or at the courts discretion, a  
            jail term of up to one year and a fine of up to $1,000.

           FISCAL EFFECT

           Negligible state costs. Local enforcement costs not  
          reimbursable  .

          COMMENTS
           
           1)Background  . Existing law prohibits persons from possessing any  
            canceled, fictitious, or fraudulently obtained driver's  
            license or ID card. It also prohibits the manufacture or sale  
            a document of a size and form substantially similar to the  
            driver's licenses or ID cards issued by DMV. However it does  
            not specifically prohibit manufacturing or selling documents  
            purporting to confer the same privileges as official drivers'  








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            licenses or ID cards.

           2)Rationale.  The bill is intended to deal with the illicit  
            practice of selling false identification documents.  According  
            to the author, while existing law already prohibits the sale  
            or manufacture of counterfeit driver's license and IDs, there  
            are other documents offered for sale - often to unknowing  
            recent immigrants - that purport to grant the driving  
            privilege or serve as official identification.  The buyers  
            purchase these documents in the na?ve belief they are  
            sanctioned by the state and meet all official requirements.   
            This bill would make it clear that such a practice is illegal.

           3)Previous legislation  . AB 811 (J. Perez) of 2009 would have  
            increased penalties for manufacturing or selling documents of  
            a size and form similar to official DMV licenses or IDs, and  
            placed restrictions on. The bill was vetoed by the governor,  
            who asserted that current law provisions are adequate.
           Analysis Prepared by  :    Brad Williams / APPR. / (916) 319-2081