Supporters say it's partly a fairness issue, explaining undocumented immigrants who pay taxes should be given the opportunity to drive. They also claim it will make the roads safer.
"It's a public safety issue. There are three million undocumented folks in California that are here. They have kids and they need to go to school and they need to go to the emergency room and they drive. So, in my opinion, it's better that they have a driver's license," said St. Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres.
Detractors feel the measure gives a secure document to people who have broken the law, and which they say could make the roads more dangerous. The measure now heads to the Senate.