“We are making significant progress toward implementing Assembly Bill 60 by January 1, 2015 for the benefit of all motorists in California,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto.”We are hiring new staff, organizing department-wide training, and opening new temporary offices with extra appointment opportunities.”
Since Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signed the bill in October 2013, DMV has been working on multiple fronts towards the implementation of AB 60 by January 1, 2015.
DMV anticipates processing roughly 1.4 million new driver licenses during the first three years of implementation. To continue providing excellent customer service to all Californians, DMV has hired 405 new employees to date and is on target to hire approximately 500 more by December 31, 2014. Four temporary field offices in Lompoc, Stanton, Granada Hills and San Jose are on schedule to open by January 1, 2015.
DMV is also working with the California Highway Patrol to provide information to law enforcement about the new law, including the prohibition on discrimination based on having an AB 60 license. And just this week, the Department of Homeland Security notified DMV that California’s draft AB 60 license design “would satisfy the requirement that a noncompliant license clearly state on its face and in the machine readable zone that is not acceptable for official purposes.”
The licenses will state that “federal limits apply.” This information allows DMV to move forward with the vendor to produce new licenses.
Meanwhile, DMV is making progress on finalizing regulations that detail the documents an applicant must provide to prove identity and residency. DMV has held four public hearings across California and reviewed thousands of public comments and valuable input from the community. DMV has incorporated this feedback and is preparing final revisions and offer 15-days of additional public comment before final approval by the Office of Administrative Law.
In addition to the public comment on the regulations, DMV has held over 80 outreach events throughout the state to notify communities about AB 60 and emphasize the importance of studying for the driver license knowledge exam early. On average, each of these events have had 200 participants and involved cooperation with foreign consulate offices, community and church organizations, law enforcement and other local officials. At these outreach events, DMV explains licensing requirements under the new law and provides tips on how to study for the driver license knowledge exam.
Various Spanish-language networks have also invited DMV to participate in live programs during November to answer questions about AB 60. DMV also continues to present weekly segments on morning newscasts on KMEX 34 (Univision) Los Angeles and KUVS 19 (Univision) in Sacramento. Regular DMV public education messages also air on Spanish language radio stations across California. DMV is also doing outreach with fact sheets in Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Portuguese, Punjabi, Tagalog, Russian, and Vietnamese; along with providing news releases to media that provide information in these languages.
The fee for an AB 60 license will be $33, the same fee for a driver license today. For more information on AB 60 and continued updates on the regulations and other issues, visit: AB60.dmv.ca.gov.■