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Free-lance news photographer Marc Siegal makes a living by video-taping what he calls "grisly scenes with twisted metal and bodies spilling out of cars like hamburger." He's seen a lot. Still, when he arrived shortly after 3 a.m. on Dec. 30 at the intersection of 17th and South Dixie Highway, Siegal says he did not fully appreciate the horror before him. Smoke drifted up from the crumpled shell of a black Corvette; inside, two people didn't move. A third lay on the pavement nearby.
May 30, 2010 | Los Angeles Times
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.
November 18, 2003 | Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writer
For 20 years, Benjamin Stackler remained anonymous in a way that few Californians could. By court order, he was not required to have a photo on his driver's license. But now, the Berkeley resident's refusal to have his picture taken -- on the grounds that it is barred by his religion -- has earned him notoriety within the Department of Motor Vehicles, which is heading to court to ensure that the state has every last one of its 22.6 million motorists on file.
July 22, 2009
Re "Real ID, a real pain," Editorial, July 18 Why do we insist on linking a driver's license to proof of identity? A driver's license need only serve as permission to drive a motor vehicle, after proving that you are qualified. An identity card is a far more official document, proving identity. Just because we have used our driver's licenses as IDs for so long in this country does not make it a good idea. In many parts of the world, all citizens are issued and carry some form of an ID card.
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.
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.
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 | S. J. DIAMOND
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.
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.
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.
March 5, 2009 | Maura Dolan
The California Department of Motor Vehicles has told its employees that medical marijuana should be treated like any other prescription drug and its use alone does not justify yanking a driver's license. "Drivers will no longer have their licenses suspended or revoked simply because of their status as medical marijuana patients," said Joe Alford, chief counsel of Americans for Safe Access, which assists medical marijuana users. A spokesman for the DMV said it never had a policy to remove licenses from medical marijuana patients and made the change to an employee training manual as part of an update.
April 19, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Gov. John Baldacci signed into law a measure making proof of legal U.S. residency a requirement for getting a state driver's license. The federal Department of Homeland Security had been pressing for the requirement to bring the state into compliance with the Real ID Act of 2005. The governor said the law would help ensure residents won't be put through extra security screening when they board airplanes or go to federal buildings. But he said it did not contain all elements of the federal Real ID program, including a requirement that the state share its driver's license information with a federal database.
October 2, 2006 | Steve Harvey
I knew I was getting absent-minded in my old age, but I didn't realize how much so until I lost a cat. Yes, a cat. Luckily for me, it was my cat, not someone else's, though I'm not sure that distinction comforted the cat. What really bothers me is that I once read that absent-minded people are really just seeking attention. But where was I? Oh yes, the cat, named Bam. For the first time since we adopted him a year ago, he didn't show up for dinner, or for breakfast the next day.
January 10, 2006
'I haven't even learned to parallel park yet.' Michelle Wie, 16-year-old golfer, who will go for her driver's license after the PGA's Sony Open
February 6, 2005 | From Associated Press
Five people died early Saturday after the car in which they were riding crossed into oncoming traffic on U.S. 101 in Monterey County and was struck broadside. The driver of the Geo Prizm, a 17-year-old Watsonville girl who did not have a driver's license, apparently was trying to make a U-turn from northbound 101 to the southbound lanes, said Officer Richard Richards of the California Highway Patrol's Monterey office.
August 28, 2004
Re "Domino Effect Feared From Closures of Emergency Rooms," Aug. 24: All the recent talk about hospitals and emergency rooms closing in and around Los Angeles is alarming, to be sure, but what is left unsaid is even more disturbing. The reason for the closures is cited as "uninsured patients"; a familiar euphemism for undocumented aliens. The problem that the media refuse to speak about is real, and we are at the brink of social collapse if we do not address the situation soon.
February 9, 1989 | From a Times staff writer
New drivers' licenses that resemble plastic credit cards will be issued to California motorists beginning next year as the state begins phasing out traditional paper licenses, it was announced Wednesday. Among other things, the new licenses will have magnetic information strips, making it easier for police officers to issue traffic tickets.
February 9, 2003
Re "Davis Won't Sign Bill Linking Cuts to Auto Fee Hike," Feb. 5: While all the talk in Sacramento is about raising vehicle license fees, they are overlooking a steady year-round cash flow: driver's license fees. Last time I renewed I paid $15 for three years. Five dollars a year seems very low, and I am sure people would be willing to pay more, maybe even double. Maybe this is the political third rail in the state capitol, but I'm sure that increasing driver's license fees would go over much better than the hike in vehicle license fees.
November 24, 2003
Abraham D. Sofaer's argument ("Licenses Cross the Line," Commentary, Nov. 20) against driver's licenses to the undocumented is a lot of baloney. I have been licensed to drive in California for 38 years. In all of my dealings with the DMV I have never once been asked for proof of my U.S. citizenship or proof that I am in California legally. The information on my driver's license (name, address, height, weight, birth date, etc.) is information I provided to the DMV, and information that has never been verified by the DMV. For the record, I actually lied about my weight.
November 22, 2003 | Gregg Jones, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger met Friday with the author of a new law that would give driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, setting the stage for a face-saving compromise that could convince Democratic legislators to repeal the measure next week as the governor desires. State Sen.
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