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Is Your Child in the Right Seat?

Buckle Up Baby.jpgWe know seat belts save lives and the same is true for child safety seats. A child who is properly restrained in a certified booster seat has a much greater chance of surviving a crash.

According to a 2015 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study, 35 percent of children under the age of 13, who were not restrained in car booster seats were killed in car crashes. But simply putting your child in a booster seat is not enough. If it’s not properly buckled to the car seat, it can break loose during an accident. What’s alarming is that the study found that 59 percent of children sit in one of these improperly fastened booster seats.

So how do I know if your child should be sitting in a forward-facing or rear-facing booster seat? When it comes to a booster seat, it is not a one-size-fits-all device. Out of the four car seat types, there are many options available. The most important thing to remember is that you will want to make sure your car seat fits your child’s current size and age, and that it properly fits into your vehicle. This process may seem quite overwhelming at first, but when it comes to the safety of your child, it’s worth it.

According to NHTSA, once you have chosen a car seat, you can get assistance with installing it you can get help at a car seat inspection station. Certified technicians will inspect your car seat free of charge!

There are many ways you can protect your children from harm. Choosing and correctly using the right car seat every time your child is in the car is one of them. Visit NHTSA’s page on the process of finding the right car seat for your child.

Learn more about the importance of booster seats at http://www.boosterseats4safety.org/

 

 

Get Cleared for Take Off with REAL ID

Do you use your driver license or identification (DL/ID) card to get through airport security? Then you’ll probably want a REAL ID. Beginning October 1, 2020, the federal government will require a REAL ID or other federally approved document to board a domestic flight.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has your ticket to get through security by offering a REAL ID – a new federal compliant option for driver licenses and identification cards. A REAL ID card is marked with a bear and star in the upper right corner of the card.

Avoid being delayed at the airport! To apply for a REAL ID, you must visit a DMV field office. Don’t forget to make an appointment to reduce your wait. Remember, you must bring at least three documents that include: proof of identity, social security number and California residency. No photocopies will be accepted for the proof of identity or social security documents. Be aware that if you have changed your name, a legal document, such as a marriage certificate or divorce decree, also might be required.

Renewing your DL/ID online or by mail? You will receive a Federal Non-Compliant DL/ID card. This card is marked “Federal Limits Apply” and it cannot be used to board domestic flights or enter secure federal facilities starting October 1, 2020.


Don’t fret! These requirements do not go into effect until October 1, 2020, so you can still use a valid California DL/ID card at airports until then. If your current DL/ID card expires between now and October 1, 2020, the best time to apply for a REAL ID would be when you are due for a renewal. If you don’t want to apply for a REAL ID, you can use a U.S. passport, military ID or other TSA-approved identification document to get you through airport security.

Visit REALID.dmv.ca.gov for more information on REAL ID.

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.

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

Resolve to be Safe Responsible Drivers

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It’s time to make a New Year Resolution! As 2013 comes to a close take a minute to reflect on all that was accomplished. For 2014 strive to be the best and create new attainable resolutions. Let’s face it drivers develop bad habits, so set a resolution to break these bad habits. A little dedication and hard work can keep the roadways safer for 2014.

Let’s resolve to be responsible and safe drivers:

  1. Never drink and drive, or drive buzzed
  2. End distracted driving, and drive phone-free
  3. Wear seat belts, every trip, every time
  4. Share the Road with motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians

DMV would like to wish you a Safe and Happy New Year!

 

DMV would like to wish you a Safe and Happy Holiday!

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Holidays are about spending time with family and friends.  Whether you are driving to celebrate with family or picking up last minute presents, be sure to safely bring the best gift of all…YOU! Get an early start and allow plenty of time to reach the destination. Be more observant, visibility is often limited by winter weather conditions.

  • Millions of drivers will be on the roadway this holiday season so here are a few driving tips to help you navigate safely:
  • Make sure your tires, brakes, windshield wipers, defroster, heater and exhaust system are in top condition.
  • Keep the windshield and windows clear on the vehicle. Use the defroster and keep a clean cloth handy to maintain fog free windows.
  • Carry an emergency kit. You can build your own with tips found at http://www.ots.ca.gov/roadsideemergencykit.asp.
  • Turn off the phone when you get behind the wheel.

If you are planning to drink, always designate a sober driver before the celebration begins.

Don’t forget to secure the best gift with a ribbon. It will only take you two seconds to put your seat belt on.

 

A Safe and Spooktacular Night

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It’s that time of the year when ghouls and goblins take over the night and haunt the streets.  An array of superheroes, villains, and princesses will parade from house to house filling their buckets with goodies. Halloween is a fun-filled night for children, parents, and partygoers alike. The scary parts of Halloween are not the haunted houses but the distracted and alcohol impaired drivers. 

To keep children safe this Halloween, here are safety tips for the Trick-or-Treaters:

  • Plan a safe route on well-lit streets and always walk on sidewalks or paths. Remind children not to take shortcuts through backyards, alleys, or playing fields.
  • Cross the street at crosswalks and never assume that vehicles will stop.
  • If there are no sidewalks, always walk facing traffic.
  • Visibility:
    • Decorate costumes with reflective tape. 
    • Use a flashlight.
    • Glow sticks as necklaces or bracelets are also fun choices.

 A reminder for motorists during haunting season:

  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • Slow Down!
    • Use caution and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods.
    • Enter/exit driveways and alleys carefully.
  • Turn on headlights to increase visibility – even in daylight.
  • Eliminate distractions and concentrate on the road/surroundings.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.

 For more information visit DMV’s Pedestrian Safety page and have a Happy Halloween!