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As thousands of immigrants who are in the country illegally queued up Friday to apply for a California driver’s license, supporters of the controversial new law that made the licenses possible predicted a flood of new motorists in the automobile insurance market.

The state Department of Motor Vehicles estimates that 1.4 million immigrants who are in the country illegally may be eligible for special driver’s licenses under AB 60, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed in 2013 and took effect Friday. Many could also be eligible for a new, state-approved, low-cost insurance plan.

Experts say there are no firm figures, but they believe most immigrants who don’t have licenses also do not have automobile insurance.

Opponents of the new law say that because it does not require immigrants to provide proof of insurance when they get a license, there is no guarantee that they will be insured. They also worry that the low-cost insurance plan won’t provide enough coverage for victims in major accidents.

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