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Questions answered from the DMV
Every now and then, Street Smarts receives transportation information from the DMV. Below are some topics consumers ask the agency about frequently: Error in personalized license plates -- If you ordered personalized license plates and realized you forgot a character, you may not fix it yourself with a marker or other implement. "It's against the law to tamper with or obscure any portion of a California license plate according to California Vehicle Code Section 5201," according to Ask DMV. For information, visit http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d03/vc5201.htm. HOV lane approved vehicles -- Learn which hybrid and electric vehicles that qualify for Green and White Clean Air Vehicle decals -- and free use of carpool lanes -- by visiting the California Air Resources webpage at http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/carpool/carpool.htm. Lost license plate -- To replace, complete an Application for Replacement Plates Stickers Documents, form REG 156. Make an appointment online or call 1-800-777-0133. Once at the field office, turn in the completed form along with the $19 fee. Also show the agent your remaining plate and current registration card. Pedestrian safety -- The DMV takes pedestrian safety seriously. Pedestrian deaths make up about 19 percent of all traffic fatalities and they are on the rise, as older adults and children have a higher likelihood of being injured or killed when traveling by foot, wheelchair or stroller. Learn more about pedestrian safety and awareness at https://www.dmv.ca.gov/about/pedestrian.htm.