Ask the DMV

Ask the DMV: DMV makes finding a traffic school easy

Q: Last time I had to attend traffic school, I had some trouble finding a school that I knew would be accepted by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Is there a list on th ...

Ask the DMV: DMV takes teens on a treasure hunt for driver safety

Q: My 15-year old grandson was browsing your Web site and found the California Teens Treasure Hunt. What is this exactly? A: The California Teen Treasure Hunt, located on the Calif ...

Ask the DMV: Is learner’s permit needed to take driving test?

Q: I’ve lost my instruction permit and I’m over 21. Do I still need it to take my driving test? A: Yes. Regardless of age, a person must have a driver license or instru ...

Ask the DMV: Keep health info handy with DMV medical card

Q: I recently found out I’m allergic to latex. I’m concerned because no one will have any way of knowing this if I’m hospitalized due to an accident. Does the DMV have some k ...

Ask the DMV: Reader questions use of DMV photos in television news stories

Q: I have noticed photographs, which appear to be taken from California DMV driver licenses on TV news programs. Does the DMV release driver license photos to the media or other pa ...

Ask the DMV: Those who wish to race need to take it to a certified track

Q: Is there a place in California where street racing is legal? A: Speed contests or exhibitions of speed on public highways or streets, commonly known as street racing or drag ra ...

Ask the DMV: No fees for using DMV’s online payment services

Q: Is there a fee for using an e-check on the DMV Web site? A: No. The California Department of Motor Vehicles does not charge a fee for using an e-check — an electronic versio ...

Ask the DMV: Want to know if a car is salvaged? The DMV can help

Q: I want to buy a car from another individual but how can I find out if it’s salvaged or not? A: First, take a look at the title of the vehicle. This will tell you if the vehi ...

Ask the DMV: When must you transfer car ownership?

Q: I just bought a vehicle from my neighbor, do I have to report it immediately to the DMV or can it wait? A: If you just bought a car from a private party, you have 10 days from ...

Ask the DMV: Flashing signal lights have more than one meaning

Q: Sometimes when I’m driving at night I pass through intersections where the traffic signals are blinking yellow. What does this mean? What if a signal is blinking red? A: You ...

Ask the DMV: Go online to set up your behind-the-wheel driver’s test

Q: Can I make an online appointment to take the behind-the-wheel test? A: The DMV’s online appointment system at https://eg.dmv.ca.gov/foa/welcome.do can be used to schedule Cla ...

Ask the DMV: How long do you have to wait at a stop sign?

Q:When I come to a stop sign, legally how long am I required to stop? A: While there isn’t a determined amount of time, California law states you must make a full and complete s ...

Ask the DMV: Pregnant driver seeks eligibility for handicap placard

Q: I am six months pregnant and have a hard time walking long distances. Am I eligible for a handicap placard? A: You will have to consult with your physician to determine your e ...

Embarrassed driver seeks way to exchange license plates

Q: I just received my new plates in the mail. The combination is a little strange and I think it's a little embarrassing. Do I have a choice when it comes to standard plates? Can I ...

Commercial driver license can be renewed in a couple clicks

Q: I have a commercial driver license. Is it possible for me to renew it over the Internet? A: Yes, you can renew this driver license over the Internet as long as it is the same c ...
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