A commemorative license plate featuring Charles Schulz’s beloved Peanuts character Snoopy can now be ordered online, the state announced Thursday.
Unlicensed drivers and those whose licenses have been suspended or revoked are nearly three times more likely to cause a fatal crash than licensed drivers, a DMV study found. The study used crash data over a 23-year period and reviewed two-vehicle fatal crashes in which only one driver was at [...]
We've had several readers write in asking what the new STAR smog test program is. Here's an answer: The state Bureau of Automotive Repair on Jan. 1 changed its smog test program by eliminating Gold Shield smog-check stations, which generally handled potentially high polluting vehicles, and creating STAR test stations, [...]
There's something nostalgic about California's license plates from the 1950s, '60s and '70s. Now, you may be able to have them again or for the first time. The DMV this year started taking $50 pre-orders for what it's calling legacy license plates. That's the yellow one with black [...]
Here's an interesting story from the Associated Press about driverless cars: MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday that will pave the way for driverless cars in California. The bill by Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla will establish safety and performance regulations to test and operate autonomous vehicles [...]
Here's a question from a reader: Is there a place to anonymously alert someone about an elderly driver who should no longer be driving? The answer comes from DMV spokeswoman Jessica Gonzalez, who pointed us to the DMV website where there's a form you can fill out and send in [...]
We all carefully studied for our DMV driving test and intently tried to follow all of the rules and laws in the DMV handbook. So why is it that so many of us have forgotten so many of the basic rules? Here are my top three: --Turn signals. "Always signal [...]
Mailbag: Do bicyclists have to stay in bikes lanes? Can you use disabled placards/license plates out of state?
Here's a question from a reader: Over a week ago I saw a group of about 20 cyclist heading north on Old Redwood in Windsor. This was a two-lane stretch near Hembree Lane with a clearly marked bicycle lane. About half of the cyclist rode in the designated bike lane, [...]
Here's a question from a reader: Is it legal to drive barefoot? No one seems to know. Jonathan The answer comes from DMV spokeswoman Jan Mendoza: "It is not illegal." I think the myth that it was illegal was something high school driving instructors and parents told over the years [...]
A couple of Road Warrior readers have asked about websites offering to handle your DMV registration renewals for a fee. Are they legit? Should I use them? For example, when you google "California DMV," the first website listed is cartagz.com, probably because it's paid a fee to Google for the [...]