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Ready for a Taste of Fair Fun

How sweet it is to have the DMV sponsor a booth at the San Diego County Fair! Stop by the Exhibit Hall between June 1 and July 4 and visit with DMV representatives who can answer your driving-related questions.

If you need to renew your vehicle registration, bring your renewal notice or current registration card to the fair and find out how quick and easy it is to get your registration and sticker instantly! Simply use the DMV Now Self-Service Terminal available at the DMV booth. Not sure how to use it? Friendly DMV representatives will walk you through the process!

Come visit us in Exhibit Hall to find out how sweet it can be!

Bicycle Safety

There is no better way to get fresh air, exercise, save money on gas and reduce your carbon footprint than by biking. With clearer skies and warmer weather, more bicyclists are sure to be out on the road.

Safety must be a priority. Biking, like driving a car or riding a motorcycle, comes with responsibility. Unexpected dangers may arise, so it is crucial that bicyclists pay close attention to traffic signs, signals and follow all rules to reduce the risk of being involved in a collision.

May is Bike Month, but bicycle safety is not limited to just one month. Here are some safety tips for when you’re riding your bicycle:

  • Wear a properly-fitted helmet. By law, bicycle riders under 18 years old must wear a helmet when biking on a public road.
  • Ensure your bicycle is the right size and fit for you. Properly adjusted and fitted bikes can be more comfortable and easier to control.
  • Inspect your bicycle regularly. Make sure your brakes are functioning and tires are properly inflated before every ride.
  • Use hand signals before making turns or changing lanes. Reduce the risk of collision by informing traffic around you about your intentions.BikeHandSignal.PNG
  • Wear bright-colored, reflective clothing. When riding at night, reflective clothing can help others on the road spot you.
  • Ride in a safe lane position. Ride in the same direction as traffic and be predictable. Ride in a straight line.
  • Stay alert at all times. Always ride sober and avoid using electronic devices. If using earbuds, only keep one in your ear—it is illegal to wear headphones or both earbuds while biking. Watch for road hazards such as glass, potholes, gravel and other unsafe road conditions that can make you lose control of your bicycle.

Lastly, always share the road! Safety is everyone’s responsibility, regardless of how we get around.

A Car’s Dashboard Is No Resting Place

Sitting back, putting your feet up and getting a little too comfy in the car? It might sound like a relaxing way to spend a road trip, but it is extremely dangerous.

A dashboard typically houses airbags, right where passengers tend to rest their feet or legs. During a collision, airbags inflate in less than 1/20th of a second—at a speed of up to 200 miles per hour! Even if you have quick reflexes, collisions often leave you little to no time to react or reposition your legs. Can you imagine your feet, knees or legs flying at full force toward your face by a rapidly inflating airbag? Yikes!

Put your feet down. And keep them there! Just because there are no laws prohibiting the placement of feet or legs on a dashboard, doesn’t mean you should do it. There are too many horror stories about serious injuries happening to people who had their feet or legs on the dashboard during a collision. We strongly urge you to break the habit before it’s too late.

To avoid airbag-related injuries, make sure you are properly seated and always wear a seat belt, and try to sit at least 10 inches away from the airbag cover.

Boy's feet on dash of moving car.

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