Sunday, September 23, 2007

California DMV driving requirements & news update

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DMV director explains new teen driving rules

Do you have questions about general driving-related requirements such as registration or insurance? Are you unclear about laws and restrictions related to driving? The state Department of Motor Vehicles has answers in this column by DMV Director George Valverde.
Q: What are the most current teen driving rules?

A: New laws and regulations can be confusing for teens and their parents when obtaining a driver permit or provisional license. The DMV has provided teens with an online resource for information about the driver's license process, driver safety and insurance requirements. The site includes practice tests for teens and can be found at

Additionally, parents can download and review the Parent-Teen Training Guide to help their teens be better prepared for safe driving on the road. The guide can be downloaded at

Q: Are senior citizens required to retake a driver's road test at a certain age?

A: The DMV does not take away driver's licenses when a person reaches a certain age. The mental and/or physical condition or a person's inability to follow traffic laws and rules, regardless of age, determines whether a license is renewed, restricted, suspended or revoked. However, the DMV does require that all persons older than 70 renew their driver's license in person at a DMV office. They will be asked to take a vision test using the wall chart.

Individuals may be asked to retake a driving test if they have failed the DMV vision test or have been referred to a driver safety office because of a physical or mental condition, sometimes made by a law enforcement officer or a concerned family member.

If you or someone you know is an elderly citizen who faces the prospect of retaking a driving test, it is a great idea to practice driving skills by taking a driver education or training class specifically developed for older persons. A list of approved mature driving courses is available at

To better prepare seniors to renew their license, the DMV has created a senior-specific Web site at

Q: I am going to move out of state soon. What can I do to keep from getting renewal notices from the California DMV?

A: Chances are, the state where you registered your vehicle hasn't notified the California DMV that you have registered your vehicle there, or that status hasn't been updated on our records.

Send a copy of your new state's registration certificate with a note explaining when and where you moved to the California DMV, P.O. Box 942869, Sacramento, CA 94269-0001. We will mark our records and you should not receive anything further from us.

To ask DMV Director George Valverde a question, e-mail