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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!

5 Safety Tips for Senior Drivers

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Mobility is a quality of life issue and driving is a key part of seniors staying mobile, independent and socially active. It is important for drivers of all ages to drive safely from the time they earn their driver license to the time they retire it. Safe driving involves good vision, quick reflexes, joint flexibility and muscle strength. All these components are important to ensure drivers can judge distances, quickly spot troubles and react appropriately.

Here are 5 safety tips we’ve come up with for senior drivers:

  1. Make sure your car is the right fit for you. That means being able to see over the steering wheel, reach the brake and accelerator comfortably, and get in and out of your vehicle with ease. If your vehicle isn’t the proper fit for you, don’t worry. You can install adaptive features and devices to help make your car more comfortable and safe for you to drive.
  2. Get a restricted driver license. Restrictions to your driving privilege are not punitive; they are intended to help you drive safer and longer. Restrictions are based on conditions, not age. Restrictions may include limiting when and where you may drive, such as staying off the freeway, not driving during rush hour traffic and only driving during daylight hours.
  3. Keep up your health! Have your vision and hearing checked by your physician, and exercise regularly. You need to see clearly, judge distances and hear horns and sirens when you drive. Staying active ensures you maintain muscle strength and flexibility, which can help with turning the steering wheel or looking over your shoulder.
  4. Plan your trip out before you head out the door. Find the safest, smoothest routes before leaving to your destination, so you don’t find yourself stressed or lost while driving.
  5. Enroll in a driving course to update and refresh your driving skills and knowledge of the “rules of the road”. Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you have to stop driving! Improve your defensive driving techniques at a Mature Driver Improvement Course.

In addition to these tips, all drivers of any age should avoid distractions while driving, always wear their seat belt and never drive after drinking alcohol or taking prescription and over the counter medications that can impair their driving.

If you are worried that someone you know may no longer be driving safely, submit a Request for Driver Reexamination (PDF). The form is confidential.

For more tips on safe driving for older adults, read our Senior Guide for Safe Driving handbook.

For additional resources, questions or for assistance contact your local Senior Driver Ombudsmen.

AB 60 – What You Need to Know

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Assembly Bill (AB) 60 requires DMV to issue an original driver license to an applicant who is unable to submit satisfactory proof that his or her presence in the United States is authorized under federal law. Driver license applicants under AB 60 must meet all other qualifications for licensure and must provide satisfactory proof of identity and California residency.

So, how can an applicant prepare oneself?

On the day the applicant applies for a driver license, he or she will need to take a knowledge test. Following are ways to help prepare for the knowledge test:

  • Study the California Driver Handbook, which is available in the following languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. You can also download the driver handbook for iPhone and iPad through the Apple App Store.
  • Gather all documents that can help establish residency and verify your identity.

Still want to know more? Please visit DMV’s AB 60: Driver License Implementation webpage to obtain other resources and updates.

DMV Online Services Are Still Available

The DMV website is currently experiencing technical difficulties. However, all online services are available. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Affidavit of Non-Use

Change of Address

Driver License or Identification Card Application Status

Driver License or Identification Card Renewal

Driver Record Request

Field Office Appointment System

Notice of Release of Liability

Vehicle Record Request

Vehicle Registration Renewal

Vehicle Registration Suspension

Please read our blog Doing Business with the DMV When Systems Are Down in the event your registration is due during a DMV website outage.

 

Why wait for Cyber Monday…Go Online Now.

The opportunity to take advantage of the shopping deals on Cyber Monday may only come once a year. Remember with DMV Online Services available 24/7, you don’t have to wait that long to renew your vehicle registration or driver license. You’ll be finished with your transaction– just in time to buy that television you’ve been waiting so long for!

Are you a Registered User? You Can Be… It’s As Easy As 1, 2, 3!

DMV is committed to protecting the identity of our customers, so it makes perfect sense that some of the online services and applications require you to become a registered user before you can proceed with your transaction. Registering as a user allows you secure personalized access to additional online applications and services.

The following are the online applications and services that require you to sign up for an account with DMV:

  • Driver Record
  • Vehicle Record
  • Change of Address
  • Driver License/Identification Card Renewal 
  • Traffic Accident Report – SR1 Eform
  • Vehicle Registration Email Reminder Program

In order to become a registered user with the DMV, you will need to have the following information on hand:

  1. Valid email address
  2. Driver license or identification card number
  3. Last four digits of your social security number

For those who have been issued the new California driver license, the picture below will show you where to find the issue date.

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To date, over 4.5 million people have already become registered users with DMV. So, what are you waiting for?

 

Information about Driver License Renewals

As of October 1, 2010, the DMV began issuing a new enhanced driver license (DL) and identification card (ID) with additional security features. These new features include: vertical layout for persons under 21; the cardholder’s date of birth and signatures that can be felt by touch; images that can be seen only with the use of ultraviolet lights; a 2D bar code on the back of the card that replicates and verifies information on the front of the card; and a laser perforation outline of the California Brown Bear, which can be seen from the front of the card when a flashlight is pressed against the back of the card.

Because of the extensive nature of these new security improvements, issuance of new or renewed driver licenses are taking approximately four to six weeks at this time to receive the new card. In order to prevent any counterfeit measures, we at DMV want to ensure all new DL/ID cards meet DMV security feature requirements. Fortunately, law enforcement has access to driver license records and is aware of the issuance backlog. In addition, they will honor the updated expiration date found on DMV records if a payment for renewal was received. Some entities, such as banks or airports, do not have access to these records and this can cause some inconvenience to our customers. In order to mitigate these issues, DMV can provide a temporary driver license which will be valid for 60 days from date of issuance. This should be enough time for your new DL/ID card to arrive in the mail.

If your current Driver License and/or Identification Card is expired or is about to expire, you may request a temporary license to be mailed to you by calling 1-800-777-0133 or visit a local DMV field office to receive a temporary license in person. If you have any questions, please tweet us at @CA_DMV or for additional information about the new driver license, check out the new driver license brochure.