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DMV RESOURCES

Forms

   California Driver Rehabilitation wants to be as resourceful as can be, therefore, here is a list of California DMV driver safety forms that may be required to be filled out by DMV prior to being able to have comprehensive evaluation.

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New 2016 Laws 

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2016

  • Bicycle Reflector

Bicycles operated during darkness upon a highway or a sidewalk must be equipped with a red reflector or a solid or flashing red light with a built-in reflector on the rear (California Vehicle Code [CVC] §21201).

  • Slow Moving Vehicles

Vehicles proceeding at a speed less than the flow of traffic and moving on a two-lane highway where passing is unsafe, must turn off the roadway at the nearest place designated as a turnout or wherever sufficient area for a safe turnout exists if a line of 5 or more vehicles forms behind them
(CVC §21656).

  • Driver License for Exonerated Persons

DMV must issue a no fee driver license (DL) to a person exonerated of a conviction and released from state prison within the previous six months (CVC §14903).

  • Electric Bicycle Classes

Three classes of electric bicycles have been created. All operators of a Class 3 (maximum speed of 28 miles per hour [mph]) electric bicycle must be 16 years old or older and are required to wear a bicycle helmet. There is no financial responsibility, DL, registration, or license plate requirement for these electric bicycles (CVC §§312.5, 12804.9, 21113, & 24016).

  • Expanded Pedicab Definition

The definition of a pedicab has expanded to include provisions that allow for consumption of alcoholic beverages by passengers until January 1, 2020. Additional operational and safety equipment is required for this new type of pedicab (CVC §§467.5, 21215, 21215.5, & 23229).

EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2016

  • California Residency Requirement

All original DL or identification (ID) card applicants must submit satisfactory proof of California residency. DMV is prohibited from issuing an original DL/ID card to a person who does not submit satisfactory proof of California residency (CVC §12801.5).

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2017

  • Increased Accident Reportability Threshold

The minimum damage threshold for collision reportability has increased from $750 to $1,000. A driver of a motor vehicle involved in a collision with property damages greater than $1,000 must submit a Report of Traffic Accident Occurring in California (SR 1) to DMV. DMV is authorized to impose sanctions following an uninsured reportable collision (CVC §§1656.2, 1808, 1808.1, 12517.1, 13369, 13558, 16000, 16000.1, 16020.1, 16020.2, 16075, 16251, 16430, & 16434).

  • Child Safety Seat Requirements

In addition to the existing child passenger restraint system laws, any child who is under 2 years old must be secured in a rear-facing child passenger restraint system unless the child is 40 pounds or more, or 3’3” or taller (CVC §27360).

DMV Requirements

Vision

California DMV Bioptic Requirements

DMV screens all drivers to measure vision with or without corrective lenses. If you do not meet DMV’s vision standard (20/40), you will be required to visit a vision specialist. The DMV representative will give you a Report of Vision Examination (DL 62) form to have completed by the vision specialist. If your vision is not worse than 20/70, DMV may issue you a 30-day temporary DL to allow you time to have your vision checked.

All drivers applying for a DL must have a visual acuity better than 20/200 (best corrected) in at least one eye before a DL can be issued. You are prohibited from using a bioptic telescope or similar lens to meet the 20/200 visual acuity standard in the better eye.

Bioptic telescope lenses are permitted for driving.

The California rules are vague, but California has licensed bioptic drivers for many years.

  • Visual Acuity: A driving license will not be issued to a driver whose best corrected visual acuity is 20/200 or worse in that person’s better eye, as verified by an optometrist or ophthalmologist.

  • No person may use a bioptic telescope or similar lenses to meet the 20/200 visual acuity standards.

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