Korean Driver’s License Passes Second Legislative Hurdle

Wednesday, May 9 2018

Sacramento, California – Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed SB 1360 and is headed to the Senate Floor for a floor vote. Senator Anthony J. Portantino, D – La Cañada Flintridge, authored SB 1360 which will allow a person with a driver’s license from the Republic of Korea to be exempt from specific testing requirements when applying for a California Driver’s License.

“South Korea is an important trade partner for California and I am very glad that this bill is continuing to move forward. SB 1360 encourages collaboration between California and the Republic of South Korea. The bill seeks to reduce time and resources at the DMV and help facilitate the process of applying for a driver license.” concluded Senator Portantino.

A press conference in honor of SB 1360 was held on Friday, May 4 with the Korean American Federation of North LA (KAFNLA), Consul General Wan-joong Kim, and the Senator Portantino. Korean American leaders, including Dr. Young-seok Suh from the National Unification Advisory Council Los Angeles Chapter, Jennifer Choi from the Korean American Youth Association, and T.C. Kim from Korean American Foundation of USA were also in attendance.

KAFNLA and the Consul General thanked the Senator for the effort on SB 1360. The Senator supports KAFNLA’S efforts to strengthen the relationship between California and the Korean American community by providing legislative updates.

There are driver’s license exchange programs between the Republic of Korea and 22 other states around the country including Texas, Florida, and Oregon.  California is a key trading partner with South Korea and is home to a large population of Korean business leaders. This measure will help facilitate the process.


Press Contact: Yvonne.Vasquez@sen.ca.gov; (916) 651-4025

Sen. Portantino represents nearly 930,000 people in the 25th Senate District, which includes Altadena, Atwater Village, Bradbury, Burbank, Claremont, Duarte, Glendale, Glendora, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, La Verne, Monrovia, Montrose, Pasadena, San Dimas, San Marino, Shadow Hills, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, Sunland-Tujunga, and Upland.