September 5, 1991
Most people take a California driving test just once--at 16 when they get their first license. Once issued, a license needs to be renewed every four years--that is four birth dates from the date of issue. With a good driving record, it's only necessary to retake the written test and have vision checked. A learner's permit can be issued for applicants as young as 15 if driver's education and training has been completed. Motorcycle learner's permits can be issued to 15 1/2-year-old applicants.
March 11, 1997 |
The U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday backed off a threat to deny California about $92 million in highway aid because the state has failed to comply with the "smoke a joint, lose your license" law. Newly appointed Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater agreed to give Gov. Pete Wilson and the Democratic-controlled Legislature more time to enact necessary state legislation.
September 8, 2003
It is one thing to grant driver's licenses to illegal immigrants but quite another to give them backdoor rights to vote in our elections (Sept. 4). The driver's license is the universal form of identification for voter registration, yet there is absolutely nothing in SB 60 that requires the license to be marked "noncitizen." Our civil rights as U.S. citizens are trampled by this bill. Voting is the most precious right in a democracy. A democracy depends on fair elections, without dilution from double voting or noncitizen voting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1993 |
A pregnant mother of five was struck and killed by a suspected hit-and-run drunk driver who has a suspended license and a long record of misdemeanors, police said Friday. Carmen Cisneros, 31, was hit by a pickup truck driven by Isikeli (Kelly) Fukofuka, 34, of Orange as she returned home from buying diapers Thursday night, police said. Fukofuka was arrested after a short chase and booked into Orange County Jail on suspicion of drunk driving, hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter, Sgt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1987
California Highway Patrol officers were quoted as saying that the driver of the highly flammable propane gas tractor-trailer truck that recently crashed into the rear of a car on Interstate 5 in San Juan Capistrano had only an "ordinary California driver's license," not one that qualified him to drive "big" rigs. The driver's manager and chief dispatcher in Tijuana blames the California Department of Motor Vehicles for his driver not having a proper license. The blame should not lie with the DMV. It is in no position to actually see or police a person as to what they drive after a license is issued to them.
May 26, 1989 |
The Senate took another swipe at graffiti sprayers Thursday, this time voting to suspend the driver's license of any youth convicted of vandalizing property with paint or similar substances. For years, the Legislature has waged a mostly unsuccessful war against vandals armed with spray cans, paint brushes and ink pens. In a new twist, the Senate passed, 24 to 7, and sent to the Assembly a bill by Sen. Quentin L. Kopp (I-San Francisco) clamping a one-year license suspension on 16- to 21-year-olds convicted of graffiti vandalism.
February 18, 1999 |
A small New Hampshire company that wants to build a national database of driver's license photos got nearly $1.5 million in funds from the Secret Service last year, according to sources. Congressional leaders envisioned using the photo file to combat terrorism, immigration abuses and other identity crimes. Image Data LLC said the database would only be used to prevent check and credit card fraud. The Nashua, N.H.
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.