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It’s a confusing world out there for social media users. Is that the real Ashton Kutcher you’re following on Twitter? Is George Takei really posting all that awesome stuff in your Facebook news feed? It’s anybody’s guess.

Celebrities are one thing. But when you need a reliable source to get your facts straight about the law or a state department’s services, legitimacy becomes a much more serious issue.

“Verified social accounts are arguably more important than ever,” writes Luke Stowe, digital services coordinator for the city of Evanston, Ill., in a recent post for GovTech.com. “Not only are there now thousands of government agency pages, but impersonation and parody accounts are common in the #SocialGov space.”

Lucky for you, the California DMV has its official Twitter and Facebook pages verified, making it easy to know you’re getting the real answers. Whether it’s information about the drive test, vehicle registration or tips on driving safety, trust that any information you find on our verified pages will be by the book.

Just look for the blue check mark next to our name on each verified account!

Twitter: @CA_DMV

Facebook: California Department of Motor Vehicles

DMV to host Facebook chat with veterans and active-duty military on May 21


The Department of Motor Vehicles employs more than 10,000 Californians across the state, many of whom serve or have served our country as proud members of the armed forces.

This Memorial Day, the DMV would like to recognize the bravery and the dedication of all who serve, and give back by offering an online chat specifically aimed at the needs of the men and women of our military.

Want to learn more about the services offered to military and their families? Need more details about the new “veteran” designation on your ID? Are you overseas with license and registration questions? We’re here to help.

All retired veterans and active-duty military are welcome to join the conversation. Details and guidelines below.

May 21, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


  • Please do not post any personal identifying information (phone number, address, driver license or identification card numbers, etc.),
  • Please do not post any profanity, racial or sexual comments or questions.
  • Depending on the amount of questions we receive, we may not be able to answer all of them, though we will try to answer as many as we can.


STOP, and Think Before You Post on Social Media

Social Media Blog ImageCongratulations, teens, on passing your driver license test! You should be proud of yourselves for achieving this personal milestone, and you are well on your way to driving independence.

You are most likely well aware that when you approach a stop sign, you must look in all directions before proceeding. The same fundamental rule of the road should be applied when posting on social media.

We know you want to share your newfound excitement with your friends and family, and the easiest way to do this is by posting a picture of your recent accomplishment on social media. DMV wants to share in this excitement with you, but wants to warn you against posting a picture of your temporary driving permit or driver license online.

It’s important to remember the far-reaching dangers of posting pictures of your driver license or printout on social media. Why is it so harmful you ask? For this very reason…

Your personal information is being exposed for the world to see!

And parents, we didn’t forget about you. Be sure to talk to your teens and explain the risks involved with their posting personal information on social media.

Let’s work together to keep them safe! Below are some additional resources to share with our newest drivers:

NetSmartz – FBI’s Official Partner for Internet Safety

ConnectSafely – Smart Socializing Starts Here

iKeepSafe – Helping Children Grow Up Safely Using Technology and the Internet

Common Sense Media – Rating, Educating, and Advocating for Kids, Families, and Schools

Three Feet Please!

Three feet freezeOn September 16, a new law took effect in California requiring California drivers to provide a three foot buffer when passing bicyclists. Entitled “Three Feet for Safety Act”, this new law is intended to protect bicycle riders from aggressive drivers. Bicycles are a healthy and also a relaxing way to get around, but can be unnecessarily dangerous if an automobile is following or passing too close. According to the League of American Bicyclists, forty percent of bicycle accident fatalities are caused by unsafe passing by automobiles. The previous version of the law maintained that a driver must provide a safe and adequate distance, but did not specify exactly how many feet that should be. Drivers should remember to respect the bike lane and not intrude on the space designated for bicyclists.

So, what sort of things are three feet long? How about three Subway footlong sandwiches? The height of a tennis net in the middle? It’s also the length of a guitar, the height of a five year old, the width of a standard door, and the equivalent of 9 Twinkies.

Additional information:
DMV YouTube Video
DMV Press Release

A Fab-u-lous DMV Transaction at the Fab Fair

The California DMV’s summer fair kickoff begins at the San Diego County Fair! The fair started on June 7, 2014 and runs through July 6, 2014. The fair theme honors the Beatles’ and the British Invasion that revolutionized the music industry 50 years ago.

Stop by the Exhibit Hall to learn and experience DMV’s online services.   Need to pay your vehicle registration or renew you driver’s license/identification card? DMV’s knowledgeable and friendly employees will assist you with the online transactions and answer DMV related questions.

Don’t miss out on the fun, entertainment, and of course the deep fried foods.

AB 60 – What You Need to Know

AB60 DL Implementation logo

Assembly Bill (AB) 60 requires DMV to issue an original driver license to an applicant who is unable to submit satisfactory proof that his or her presence in the United States is authorized under federal law. Driver license applicants under AB 60 must meet all other qualifications for licensure and must provide satisfactory proof of identity and California residency.

So, how can an applicant prepare oneself?

On the day the applicant applies for a driver license, he or she will need to take a knowledge test. Following are ways to help prepare for the knowledge test:

  • Study the California Driver Handbook, which is available in the following languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. You can also download the driver handbook for iPhone and iPad through the Apple App Store.
  • Gather all documents that can help establish residency and verify your identity.

Still want to know more? Please visit DMV’s AB 60: Driver License Implementation webpage to obtain other resources and updates.

Statement on Credit Card Processing Issue

The Department of Motor Vehicles has been alerted by law enforcement authorities to a potential security issue within its credit card processing services.

There is no evidence at this time of a direct breach of the DMV’s computer system. However, out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of protecting the sensitive information of California drivers, the DMV has opened an investigation into any potential security breach in conjunction with state and federal law enforcement.

In its investigation, the department is performing a forensic review of its systems and seeking information regarding any potential breach from both the external vendor that processes the DMV’s credit card transactions and the credit card companies themselves.

Protecting the identity and security of our customers is our highest priority and we fully understand the potential impact any breach of security can have. The department has implemented heightened monitoring of all DMV website traffic and credit card transactions. We will immediately notify any affected DMV customers as quickly as possible if we find any issue. DMV customers are also encouraged to closely monitor their credit card statements and transactions for any fraudulent or unusual activity and report it to their credit card company immediately.

DMV customers can continue to pay with cash, check, or money order in person at their local DMV office. Californians with questions about fraud or identity theft can access important information on through this DMV Identity Fraud Factsheet.

We will continue to provide consumer updates on our website www.dmv.ca.gov as we gather more factual information.


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