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DMV raises $$$ for babies during March of Dimes campaign


It’s been a fun and fruitful couple of months at DMV!

Each year, department employees take part in the annual March of Dimes campaign, helping raise money for research to save and improve the lives of babies born prematurely by collecting donations and purchasing snacks and toys to benefit the nonprofit. The March-April fundraiser culminated in one final March for Babies walk at the state Capitol this past weekend.

The turnout was fabulous! More than 100 employees from DMV’s headquarters in Sacramento took time out of their weekends to brave the windy conditions alongside friends, family and other organizations to show their support.

From kickoff to the finish line, HQ employees alone raised almost $38,000 for this year’s campaign. And all of the numbers have yet to be crunched — field offices statewide held their own fundraisers and walks throughout the campaign that will bring DMV’s overall contribution even higher!

Great work, Team DMV!

DMV Recognized at 2016 Green California Summit


DMV received recognition for its longtime support of the Green California Summit.

The DMV seal may be gold and blue, but these days, green is playing a big part in our business model.

Last week, DMV was recognized at this year’s Green California Summit and Exposition for our ongoing participation and long-standing support of California’s sustainability goals.

Thousands of representatives from the private and public sector gathered for the two-day event, held at the Sacramento Convention Center, to share information on innovative green and sustainable industry practices—and we pulled up right alongside.

“In the past decade, the DMV has been a proud outreach partner at the annual Green California Summit and Exposition,” said Cindy Dangberg, Summit Director of Green Technology. DMV Director Jean Shiomoto also serves as a member of the Green California Summit & Exposition Advisory Board.

Green Technology recognized DMV’s participation, spanning all 10 years of the summit’s history.


DMV’s “Ten Years and Growing” display at the 2016 Green California Summit.

Lots of hard work went into setting up this year’s booth, highlighting the department’s achievements in sustainable energy and environmental design goals. This year’s theme was “Ten Years and Growing,” and included a video display that focused on DMV’s adoption of sustainable green building and development practices. In recent years, five DMV field offices have attained the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification Award.

“It’s been wonderful for the DMV to be able to feature its award-winning sustainable accomplishments,” said Calvin Jefferson, Sustainable Operations Coordinator. “We’ve been there since the beginning.”

The Leap Day Dilemma

Happy birthday, Leapers, from all of us at the California DMV!

Leap Day! A day that comes only once every four years. For most of us, it simply means an extra 24 hours in still the shortest month. But for the rare few born on February 29 (>200,000 in the U.S.), it means but a single birthday every 1,461 days. Beyond an excuse for friends to skip out on gift obligations, it can complicate things on official levels, too. What happens when a leap year baby applies for their ID or driver license?

Luckily, they don’t have to wait until they’re 64  in “normal” years to operate a motor vehicle. While leap year babies don’t technically have a birthday on the calendar every year, those 365 days when the earth revolves around the sun work well enough by legal standards to determine when they turn 16…ish.

There is no hard and fast rule in a non-leap year as to whether February 28 or March 1 qualifies as the correct time to +1 yourself. We say don’t sweat it when, say, grabbing that free bday meal at Denny’s—but we’d recommend playing it safe and sticking with the latter for those bigger, definitive milestones (age of majority or legal drinking age, for example).

And what about expiration dates, since a California license or ID always expires on the person’s birth date? We try to be as true to life as possible there, too.

“A person born on February 29 with a driver license or ID that expires in a leap year, we’ll use the same date, February 29,” says DMV spokesperson Jessica Gonzalez. “If it expires in a regular year, we’ll use February 28 as the expiration date.”

Make a Date with Us at the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival


February is here and fair season has begun!

The Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival takes place February 12-21. Now in its 70th year, the event based in Indio, Calif., is taking things to the next level, with top-notch entertainment, two carnival areas, and last but certainly not least, plenty of food vendors, cooking up ways to incorporate the fair’s fruit of honor into creative dishes—deep fried and bacon-wrapped dates, date shakes, date dogs and more.

And we’ll be there, too! Our outreach booth will get you access to the DMV website, driver handbooks and expert field representatives to answer your questions. Got a teen who’s about to become a driver? Don’t panic, we’ll guide you through it. Curious about autonomous vehicles? We’ll give you the latest. Want to stay plugged in through social media? Our staff will point the way. We’ll have our Instagram and driver license cutout frames at the ready for you and your fellow fairgoers to strike a pose and share the pics online. Add the #CADMV hashtag to make it legit.

It’s a date—stop by Fullenwiden Hall and say hello!

Top 3 Ways to Make Sure Your Team Wins This Sunday

Drinking and the Super Bowl go hand in hand for a lot of fans, but drinking, driving, and death have an unfortunately close relationship as well. Just short of 10,000 people died in alcohol-related crashes in 2014, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

That’s a scary statistic we don’t want you to become a part of this weekend. We’d rather you focus on pass completions and sacks!

Make the right play on Super Bowl weekend: Don’t drive drunk, and don’t let others drive drunk.

OK, full disclosure: We don’t have any special juju we can offer your favorite sports team to take home the trophy. But if you’re planning on attending or hosting a Super Bowl party this Sunday, we do have a few suggestions to make sure your team — your friends and family glued to the big screen with you — win … at life.

Take these 3 smart moves and add them to your playbook for a safe Super Bowl:

  1. Before Sunday, make a plan that includes a sober ride home. Consider using a ride share app to get where you’re going to begin with — that way there’s not even an option for a stupid, drunken choice later.
  2. Pace yourself if you’re drinking during the game. Alternate alcoholic drinks with water or soda. Be sure not to forget the food — chicken wings, jalapeño poppers, pretzels — whatever your spread selection may be. And when the third quarter ends, end your drinking. They’ll be doing it at Levi Stadium, you can do it, too!
  3. Remember, this is a team sport. If you see someone about to drive impaired, don’t be afraid to throw the flag or intercept those car keys! Help find them a safe way home.

DMV Creates Super Bowl 50 License Plates for NFL

Super Bowl 50 Plate Proof

To commemorate 50 years of Super Bowl history, DMV has produced 450 special edition license plates exclusively for this year’s big event. The decorative black, silver and gold plates were created in partnership with the Super Bowl Host Committee and sent to the NFL last week. They’ll be temporarily affixed to a fleet of Hyundai vehicles being used in association with the event.

The plates were made by the Prison Industry Authority at Folsom Prison, using new materials provided by 3M that make the plates more visible and less vulnerable to counterfeit.

Super Bowl plates in boxes

Special edition Super Bowl 50 plates arrive at California DMV Headquarters earlier this month.

Whether you’re planning a trip to Super Bowl City or taking in the festivities from a flatscreen, be sure to get an eyeful while you can! The plates will only be in use until February 12, 2016.

DMV Receives New Data on Self-Driving Cars

Are you curious about the latest information on self-driving cars? You’ve come to the right place!

DMV received the first set of disengagement reports earlier this month, a required part of testing regulations. “Disengagement” refers to any instance when a vehicle switched its mode of operation from computer to driver. The vehicle shift from autopilot, either due to a technological failure or as a safety measure, allows the human occupant to drive, just like the automobiles we all know on our roadways today.

Seven manufacturers of autonomous vehicles—Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz, Google, Delphi, Tesla, Bosch and Nissan—submitted the annual reports, spanning the period of initial testing permit issuance through November 30, 2015. Cruise Automation, BMW, Honda and Ford—who received their permits later than the original seven—will submit their first disengagement reports next year.

DMV will hold two public workshops designed to gather input from industry, consumer and public interest groups, and the public, on the public use of self-driving cars.  For more information on locations and times of the workshops, click here.