Some DMV FAQs for you

Each month, Street Smarts receives a newsletter from the DMV featuring frequently asked questions. Here are some interesting tidbits you probably didn't know:
  • In October, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law that allows undocumented California residents to obtain a driver license. Assembly Bill 60 goes into effect Jan. 1, 2015. Right now, the DMV is working out the details on ways applicants can prove identity and state residency. An estimated 1.4 million people are expected to apply for a driver license under the new law. All applicants can study the California Driver Handbook in 10 languages -- English, Armenian, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
  • If a family member gives you a vehicle as a present, you may be entitled to an exemption from a smog test when transferring the vehicle unless it is the biennial fees and inspection are due. The exemption is specific to gifts from a spouse, domestic partner, sibling, child, parent, grandparent or grandchild. Learn more at
  • Every sail boat over eight feet long and every motor driven vessel, regardless of length, that is not documented by the U.S. Coast Guard and resides in and is used on the waters in California must be registered with the DMV. To register a vessel, visit
Learn more about these and other traffic laws and topicsĀ at
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