More than half of driver’s licenses issued by California this year have gone to noncitizens illegally residing in the Golden State.

Since January, approximately 397,000 illegal aliens have passed both the written and driving parts of the exam, making up 52 percent of the state’s newly licensed drivers.

More than 1.1 million illegal aliens have attempted the written test and 436,000 have taken the driving test, doubling previous years’ numbers.

Although DMV officials expected 1.4 million applications in the first three years of the program, they are 75 percent to goal in just the first nine months.

The surge is the result of enactment of a 2013 bill – Assembly Bill 60 – which requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue a driver’s license to an applicant despite his or her ability to provide proof of legal presence in the country.

“Our roads are now safer knowing 400,000 people who were likely already driving are licensed and insured,” Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, told the Sacramento Bee.

But wouldn’t California’s roads be even safer if they did not have any unlawfully present people driving on them?

Handing out driver’s licenses does not improve public safety. To the contrary, it encourages more illegal immigration because it tells lawbreakers they will not be prosecuted for breaking our federal immigration laws.

In order to get illegal immigration under control, we must do away with programs that entice millions of people to come here through illegal means. It’s time for illegal alien driver’s licenses to get the boot.