Beall Urges Governor to Open New DMV office in East San Jose

January 21, 2014

 SACRAMENTO -- In a letter sent to Gov. Brown today, Senator Jim Beall recommends the new temporary Department of Motor Vehicles office slated for Santa Clara County be located in East San Jose.

“An East San Jose office is critical in meeting the needs of residents in my district,’’ Beall said in his letter. “Additionally, I believe locating a DMV office in East San Jose will maximize the number of undocumented immigrants who apply for a driver’s license and increase the safety on our roads and highways.

Under Assembly Bill 60, signed into law by Gov. Brown, an estimated 1.4 million undocumented immigrants will become eligible to obtain driver’s licenses. To obtain a license, applicants must pass the written rules-of-the road examination and driving test and provide proof of auto insurance.

The bill also earmarked $65 million to open five temporary DMV field offices across the state, including one designated for Santa Clara County. The four other offices are to be situated in Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego counties and the South Central Coast.

Beall also recommended East San Jose because it has been a historically under-served community. The closest DMV office to East San Jose residents is located at 111 W. Alma Ave., already one of the busiest branches in the county.

Contact: Rodney Foo, (408) 558-1295