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Roads? Yes. Drivers? Maybe Not.

It’s finally here. October 21, 2015—the date our beloved duo Marty McFly and Doc Brown landed in the Back to the Future franchise’s second film.

The date used to feel so far off and otherworldly. And in a way, it still does. We don’t have hoverboards (boo), we still play video games with our hands (darn), and the food we eat still comes fully hydrated (thank goodness).

And—this is the clincher—no flying cars. Sorry, Spielberg: Where we’re going, we still need roads.

That’s not to say things haven’t changed, automotively speaking. The wave of the future has in fact arrived, but it’s not cars you can fly. It’s cars you don’t drive. How cool is that?

“The DMV is excited to be part of creating the future for vehicle technology,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto.

Many vehicles on the road already operate with some level of autonomy, with self-driving and enhanced safety features such as adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, parking assistance and lane departure warning systems.

But it’s the next level, the one that manufacturers are currently working on (and DMV is working with), that’s really exciting. Imagine: suburban commuters resting through rush hour, partygoers transported safely by a designated Durango, kids dropped at soccer practice by Jeeves the Jeep, and the blind and elderly achieving new levels of independence with a car that drives itself, and the people, just passengers.

Testing regulations for self-driving cars are already in effect, and vehicles are now being tested on our state’s roadways. While companies like Google and Tesla have stolen much of the spotlight, brands like Volkswagen, Mercedes, Delphi, Bosch, Nissan, BMW and Honda have thrown their hats in the automated ring, too.

Operational regulations, those that establish the standards manufacturers need to meet for the public to use autonomous vehicles, are still in development. Proposed requirements include indicators to occupants when autonomous technology is engaged, special license plates for completely self-driving vehicles, and devices that record sensor data for 30 seconds prior to a collision.

All the nitty-gritty aside, it’s no longer a question of if, but when cars take over the work. Don’t all hop in your DeLoreans at once – the date is as yet undetermined. Autonomous technology is very complex, the industry is evolving, and the cars should not be on the public roadways before they are fully ready. At the DMV, the safety of the motoring public is our primary concern.

But it’s a sure bet to say the next level is coming soon, as many in the industry have. Google’s project lead Chris Urmson has made it a goal for his son to never need a driver’s license (he’s 11); and Tesla’s Elon Musk has repeated in countless interviews that truly autonomous cars are likely just a few years away.

One thing’s for certain: 2015 has been a revelatory year for the future of our roadways, and we are proud to be a part of it.

“We are obviously not ready for flying cars, but the DMV is helping get California ready for self-driving cars,” Shiomoto said.

Get ready, California.

Visit our website for more information on autonomous vehicles.

DMV and CA State Fair Pair Up for the Best 17 Days of Summer

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Looking for a summertime adventure? There may be no better place for fun in the sun than the California State Fair! It’s all you’ll want to see, do and eat July 10-26.

What’s got the DMV so excited about the state fair? It will be our first chance to show off our beautiful new outreach booth. We can’t wait for you to see it! Our staff will be there to answer all your driver license and registration questions and give you hands-on instruction for our online services. Did you know you can save time by registering your vehicle through your mobile device? You can—visit our booth and find out how!

For the kids, we’ll have coloring books and DMV Dan and Danielle paper cutouts they can take with them to join in their fair adventures. When they share a corn dog with Dan and Danielle, you can take a photo and post it on the DMV Facebook page. What better—and cuter—way to capture your time at this year’s California State Fair? Our booth will also have an Instagram frame so you can snap and send out your Instaselfie and be the envy of all your friends. Don’t forget to tag it with #CADMV. We’d like to check you out, too!

So break out the shorts and sandals, slip on your coolest pair of shades and join us for the best 17 days of summer. We’ll be in Building C with sunny smiles, ready to help!

Safe driving Facebook chat with teens & parents on June 26


Summer is here! A season for barbecues, blockbusters, swimming, sunscreen and young love. But summer brings something else, too: School’s out, and that means more teens behind the wheel than any other time of year.

Did you know that the 100 days that fall between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the deadliest for young drivers on our roads? Teenagers are driving more often, with more friends, taking unfamiliar roads, heading to the beach or another recreational spot.

It’s part of our job to educate drivers young and old, and keep everyone on our roads safe. So this Friday, the DMV will be hosting a Facebook chat for parents and their teens to talk about safe driving practices.

We’ll address topics such as distracted driving, driving under the influence and parental roles and responsibilities. We’re happy to answer any questions about provisional driving restrictions or any other topics related to young drivers during the discussion.

All parents and teens driving in California are welcome to join the conversation. Details on how to participate are below.

June 26, 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.


LIKE the California DMV on Facebook (facebook.com/CADMV).

LOOK for the post that will kick off the conversation at 11 a.m. and add your questions/contributions as comments.

DMV launches Instagram and LinkedIn accounts

The importance of social media in recent years can’t be overstated. It has changed almost every aspect of our daily lives.

Along with a totally new way to receive and share information came thinking, working, speaking, reading, writing, shopping, eating, sleeping, traveling—you get the picture—in totally new ways.

Our work here at the DMV is not immune to this transformation. Social media has undoubtedly changed—and bettered—how we do we do business.

Screenshot_2015-06-15-16-42-10We have more ways to reach the public than ever before. And now … we’ve got two more!

In addition to our department’s YouTube channel, Twitter feed and Facebook page, we’re happy to expand our networks to now include Instagram and LinkedIn.

The department’s LinkedIn page will serve as a great new resource for job seekers—we’ll include links to the latest examination announcements and position vacancies for different classifications and locations throughout California.

And our Instagram account will add another new dimension to our social media presence. In addition to tips and reminders similar to our tweets and Facebook posts, we’ll share photos that will tell a deeper, more personal DMV story, with glimpses behind the scenes at our employees’ contributions to 100 years and counting of statewide public service.

We’re excited about these new opportunities to grow our online community and explore more ways to better serve you, our customers. Please click the icons below to join, like, follow us and let us know how we’re doing!

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DMV FB.Twitter verified

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


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