CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1999
I am retired from the Navy Reserve with 29 years of active and reserve duty and never thought state Sen. Tom Hayden would do anything I could agree with him about, but I agree with him on his SB 335 (May 3). This bill, which would require me and my fellow seniors to pass a DMV driving test, is OK with me. Having just celebrated my 77th birthday, I would be pleased to take a DMV driving test; if nothing else just to prove that my driving is not a danger to my fellow man or to myself.
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.
September 23, 2002 |
California Gov. Gray Davis is weighing whether to sign a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. But Washington, not Sacramento, should set the rules. While we hate to admit it, the driver's license has become a de facto national ID card. As such, we must make it more reliable by setting a federal standard for its issuance. Without an ID, it is impossible to board an airplane or enter many public buildings and private places of commerce.