LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Wednesday in support of a bill that would allow unauthorized immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses.

KNX 1070’s Claudia Peschiutta reported that AB 60 by Assemblyman Luis Alejo would let people without social security numbers to use other forms of identification to establish their name. Proof of living in the U.S. would be required, as well.

Utah, Maryland, Oregon, Illinois, Washington and New Mexico have passed similar laws, said Councilman Jose Huizar.

“We think the time is now for the state of California to follow the lead of other states,” he said. “They have seen that providing licenses to undocumented immigrants makes the road safer.”

Councilman-elect Gil Cedillo said AB 60 would make sure “every motorist is licensed, tested and insured. This is a very simple proposition.”

Opponents argue the bill would jeopardize other uses for a license, which can be used as identification to board a plane.

The Assembly passed the bill 55-20 last Thursday.

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