July 5, 1996 |
Plans to start issuing new high-security driver's licenses in California were put on hold this week by a Superior Court judge. The new licenses, designed to prevent counterfeiting and other abuses, were due out July 22 under a disputed $24-million contract that is clouded by allegations of conflict of interest. The department has touted its new driver's license as a leap forward for consumers and police, and a big step back for criminals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1991 |
The pickup truck driver accused of crashing into a Woodland Hills house, fatally injuring a visiting grandmother as she slept, lost his driver's license last fall for having too many speeding tickets, according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles. Andrew Stapley, 21, of Woodland Hills was cited for speeding four times between November, 1989, and September, 1990, when his license was suspended for two months because he had too many moving violations within a year, DMV records show.
June 21, 1991 |
At first glance, it's just another laminated plastic card, if a very fancy one. It bears the usual driver information: name, address, height, weight, birth date. But it also has a machine-readable magnetic stripe, like a credit card, and over-the-face, see-through, flashing holograms of the state seal and the motor vehicle department's logo.
December 15, 1993 |
In a move that turns Department of Motor Vehicles clerks into quasi-immigration agents, California will soon require first-time applicants for a driver's license to prove they are legal U.S. residents. But there is one bureaucratic problem: No electronic system exists to verify the accuracy of an applicant's claim of legal status because the DMV, for now, is not plugged into federal Immigration and Naturalization Service databanks.
May 30, 2010 |
Question: My wife, a recently naturalized citizen, has a U.S. passport with her new Americanized first, middle and last names. Will the Transportation Security Administration require her to show a California driver's license to travel domestically, to Mexico or internationally? Are two consistent forms of ID required? Douglas Wicks Westchester Answer: Wicks — and his better half — can relax, to the extent anyone can relax when traveling these days. The short answer is that she needs only her passport to get on a flight, but she needs to be consistent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1991
A motorist stopped for speeding in Vernon didn't have a driver's license, but he did have an estimated $200,000 in cash that he couldn't explain, the Sheriff's Department said Friday. The man, identified by a Mexican passport as Jose Luis Leon, 26, told authorities he didn't know who the cash belonged to or whose car he was driving, Sheriff's Lt. Gene Hetzel said. Deputies took notice of the man as he was driving a 1988 Chevrolet Blazer north on Bandini Boulevard on Thursday night.