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DMV Celebrates 100 Self-Service Terminals

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Yes, that’s right—100 Self-Service Terminals (SST)! How many things do you have 100 of? The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is so elated to announce that we have now launched 100 DMV Now Self-Service Terminals. The 100th located in Sacramento, our Headquarter city!

On November 30, 2017, we unveiled our 100th DMV Now kiosk at Safeway in Sacramento, California with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the momentous occasion. The first DMV Now SST was born in 2010 and fast-forward 7 years later there are now 100 SSTs! Can you believe that? To date, there are 60 DMV Self-Service Terminals in field offices and 39 in grocery stores, scattered all throughout Northern and Southern California, and 1 located at UC Irvine. Click here to find a DMV Now SST near you!

Why are we so excited, you ask? Because that means you have another option for renewing your vehicle registration. By using a DMV Now Self-Service Terminal at one of our 39 grocery store locations, you have the ability to renew your registration outside of DMV’s normal business hours, like in the evenings or on the weekends—you’ll even get your new sticker, right then and there! I mean, it’s so convenient! Get your grocery shopping done and your vehicle registration renewed all in one place.

In the future, we are hoping to expand the DMV Now Self-Service Terminal options, allowing customers the ability to complete more of their DMV business needs, anytime.

New Year. New Laws.

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Happy New Year! Now that we have officially rang in 2018, it’s time to get to business. The start of a new year signifies a new start, a chance to make changes. For us, that means adhering to the new laws that go into effect this year. We want you to stay informed as some of these laws may affect you or your loved ones.

Applying for a Disabled Person Parking Placard or Plate for the first time? Starting January 1, 2018, you’re going to need additional documents that provide proof of full true name and birthdate to go with your application. Those requiring multiple placard replacements or in need of placard renewals will also be subject to a new process. See our website for more information on the new law affecting Disabled Person Placard and Plates.

Do you rideshare often? By law, your driver by hire cannot have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.04 percent or more when transporting you or anyone else. Rideshare drivers will be subject to a suspended driver license and a mark on their record if caught with a higher than legal BAC.

Are you interested in learning more about the requirement of seat belts on buses, the new process of renewing vehicle registration for those with outstanding parking violations, or how the legalization of marijuana affects those driving or riding in motor vehicles? View the comprehensive list of the new laws going into effect 2018 on our website.

Is Your Car Winter Ready?

snowglobeI’m sure in preparation for the colder climate you’ve taken out your winter coats and thermals, but is your car ready to brave the cold?

​Did you know your car’s battery power and tire pressures drop as the temperature does? Have your battery inspected by auto stores (they’re usually free) and carry a pair of jumper cables with you, in case of emergency. Remember to inspect and inflate all tires (including your spare) once a month and before any road trips. Any tires that are looking bald need changing ASAP!

Making a trip up to the snow this winter? Stock your vehicle with a snow shovel, ice scraper, and flashlights. Keep a bag with blankets, phone chargers, water, and food, along with any other necessary items, in case you end up in the mountains longer than you initially planned on. Better to be safe than sorry, right?

Remember to always drive cautiously, keep your gas tank close to full, and bring along properly fitting snow tire chains.

And be sure to check out NHTSA for more winter driving tips!

Driving Change–Starting With You

ComputerFrom one college graduate to another, life post-grad is two words: Plain-Awesome! No more mountains of homework. No more cramming all night for exams with lots of java (though, there may be some JAVA at work). No more ramen for days on end, maybe? And, I am sure you’ve started looking for a job, too—I mean, how else will we #adult?

You have probably thought a lot about where you want to work and likely applied for hundreds of jobs at this point, but have you ever thought about working for DMV’s Information Systems Division (ISD)? Our ISD has various journey levels, such as Associate Program Systems Analyst, Associate Programmer Analyst, or Assistant Information Systems Analyst, just to name a few, so you will have plenty of opportunities to gain valuable skills and promote within. “We have seen many of our analysts work hard and move upward to high-level manager and supervisor positions,” said Shannon Walling, ISD’s Chief of Staff of Administrative Services. “It is very possible!”

As one of our analysts, you will have the chance to work with various personalities, design testing scenarios, and implement programs, among many other assignments. You will have the opportunity to work on many exciting, challenging, yet rewarding projects that the public utilizes every day. One project in particular, the Responsive Website Redesign, has involved dozens of determined individuals, and has completely reformatted DMV’s website for a more enjoyable browsing experience. Because of this redesign, our website’s screens change fluidly, no matter the smartphone, tablet, or desktop screen size, and has revolutionized how customers view our website.

“Here at DMV, we work collectively and collaboratively to take a project from an idea and manifest it to a living product,” ISD’s Deputy Director, Rico Rubiono said. “We would love to have your energy, insight, and vision towards the future as we continue to further innovate and optimize DMV’s operations to improve customer experience.”

Find the right job for you, take and pass the exam, and apply to work for us! We are hoping you will soon join our Information Systems team at DMV. We are rooting for you, and cannot wait to drive change with you.

Check out the Information Technology Employment Opportunities at DMV.
Find out How to Apply for a State Job.

Wishing you the best,

Jennifer T.
Recent graduate and newest DMV employee

Your Car and a Public Restroom Have Far Too Much in Common

Hey, you!

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Car wash, yeah.

Have you embarked on any spring cleaning projects yet this year? We highly recommend you set aside that well-meaning mattress flip or that grout line reseal and move this one straight to the top of your to-do list, because … your car … it’s just gross.

When’s the last time you cleaned the inside of your car? Like really cleaned it? Even if you’re good about keeping trash and other items from accumulating inside your car, chances are you aren’t the best about germs.

We spend a lot of time in our cars, but don’t give them the attention they need when it comes to cleanup. We do our laundry, wash our dishes, wipe down our tables and counters at home, all while our car sits sullied in the driveway. Researchers at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom tested the insides of 15 vehicles, taking samples from “high-traffic” areas like the steering wheel, carpets, seats, gear shift, and parking brake.

The results weren’t pretty.

Yeast, mold, and a bevy of bacteria, among them staphylococcus, a common cause of food poisoning. Forget your cell phone—your steering wheel has nine times the germs you would find in a public restroom.

If you have kids, or pets, or you eat in your car (which is dangerous as much as dirty)—or you’re simply among the 100 percent who have to come into contact with their cars in order to drive them—it may be time to broaden your horizons on what “car wash” truly means.

Put a spring in your step with Daylight Saving prep

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Two o’clock in the morning becomes three o’clock this Sunday, March 12.

It’s almost here.

The most dreaded day of the year, for some. Daylight Saving returns this Sunday, the day when the country collectively loses that precious hour as we slumber in our beds.

We’re a busy people, so that’s a coveted hour, even more so when you put it in the context of sleep. More than 70 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder, and only two-thirds are getting enough rest at night, valued at seven hours or more, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Take those Sleepy McSleepersons and put them behind the wheel (71 million of them, by the way), and that hour becomes even more crucial. Chances of a crash double with anything under those seven hours. The blame for up to 6,000 fatal crashes a year lies with exhausted drivers.

It goes without saying we need to be prioritizing rest. But how to conquer that extra hurdle that is Daylight Saving Time? We’ve put together a few tips to better prepare for that 60-minute deficit so, come Monday morning … bright-eyed, bushy tailed and all that.

1) Start early. Don’t save up all that deprivation for quite literally the last minute. Spend the weekend acclimating to the change. Set your alarm for 30 minutes earlier than usual on Saturday, then again on Sunday (taking into account the change that happens at 2 a.m. that night). That way, when Monday rolls around, you’ll roll out of bed a little easier.

2) Get moving. Exercise can help your internal clock with the time adjustment, says WebMD. But don’t go too easy. A moderate to rigorous activity will achieve the best results.

3) Get some sun – if there is any. Take advantage of any parting of the clouds this weekend and spend some time outside. Just like exercise, the sun helps your adaptation to the change. A walk outside gets you the Vitamin D you need, and takes care of the exercise component, too!

4) Wake up at the same time every day. This one’s a toughy. It’s practically an American tradition to sleep in on weekends, but it sends you off-course for the rest of your week. You’re setting yourself up for failure – and dangerous driving – any time of the year.

5) Pull over if you’re tired. Last but certainly not least, if you’ve bungled the other four suggestions, please, don’t drive. There’s a myriad of options available these days to get you where you need to go – public transportation, a carpool, a  ride-sharing service, a friend or family member. Or you can simply opt to get some more rest before heading to your destination. It’s not worth the risk to you and your fellow drivers out on the road.

Sweet dreams, everyone!

Down but not out: Your options during a field office outage

Is your field office experiencing some technical difficulties? Don’t worry, our teams are hard at work trying to get back to business as soon as possible.

In the meantime, while things are down, you’ve still got some ways to get things done*:

  • Offices continue to provide drive tests, schedule return appointments, help with paperwork, and answer customer’s questions throughout the outage.
  • More than a dozen DMV services are available online, 24/7/365: www.dmv.ca.gov.
  • DMV Now Self-Service Terminals are still up and running at many field office locations. Bring your registration renewal notice or your current registration card and get your sticker printed instantly. Find a DMV Now near you.*
  • Our Call Center can assist with general DMV information at 800-777-0133.
  • DMV’s Interactive Voice Response System at 800-777-0133 is also available for registration renewals.*
  • If your registration is due during a system failure, no penalties will be assessed if the renewal is postmarked by the next work date.
  • If the department is unable to process your request due to a system outage, to avoid paying penalties on a vehicle registration or other transaction, complete a Statement of Facts (REG 256) or write a letter explaining why you were late and the penalty may be waived. Then mail the registration renewal form, payment, REG 256 or letter in an envelope and send to the following address:

DMV
P.O. Box 942869
Sacramento, CA 94269-0001

  • We answer your general business-related questions on social media via DMV’s Twitter and Facebook accounts during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

*Eligibility is required for these services.