California opened the door to allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses earlier this year, and so far their applications have flooded the Department of Motor Vehicles.

As of June 2015, illegal immigrants received the majority of all newly issued licenses in the state.

The Sacremento Bee reported on Friday that nearly 687,000 people applied for driver's licenses between January and June 2015, well exceeding the DMV's expectations of 1.4 million over three years. Of the 759,000 total licenses issued so far this year, 52 percent have gone to illegal immigrants.

More than 1.1 million have taken the written test, and another 436,000 have taken the driving test, suggesting that a majority of the illegal immigrant applicants are failing.

Illegal immigrants had been driving in California long before they had the legal right. According to The New York Times, 37 percent of Hispanics killed in car crashes from 2000 to 2009 were unlicensed, and many of them were foreign nationals.

Many amnesty advocates supported driver's licenses as a way to move illegals out of the shadows, but feared that they would be reluctant to apply with the DMV. The law even prevents the agency from sharing applicants' information with other government agencies, including ICE.

Advocates also tried to make the licenses nearly identical to those given to American citizens, but the federal government rejected it.

Despite all their fears, illegals applied in droves for an actual license.

“None of those fears have turned out to be true. Our roads are now safer knowing 400,000 people who were likely already driving are licensed and insured,” said Democratic Assemblyman Luis Alejo.

California joins 11 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing illegal aliens the right to drive, including Colorado, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Illinois, Connecticut, Vermont, Washington, Maryland, Delaware, and Hawaii.

The liberal governor of Oregon attempted to make their state the 13th to give away driving privileges to illegal immigrants but was rebuked by the voters in a referendum, 67 to 33 percent.

Other states are trying to follow in Oregon's steps. New Mexico and Colorado both have bills passed by one chamber of the state legislature which would repeal foreign nationals' driver's licenses.