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Sacramento, CA – Do you have questions about general driving related requirements like registration and insurance? Are you unclear about laws and restrictions related to driving? The California Department of Motor Vehicles has answers. Save Time. Go Online at www.DMV.ca.gov.

Q: How do I obtain a DMV-issued Identification Card?

A: This one is simple! To obtain a State Issued ID card you must visit your local DMV field office. Once there you will need to fill out application form DL 44, give your thumb print, get your picture taken, and verify your personal information. For complete details about getting an ID card visit www.DMV.ca.gov. Save Time. Go Online!

Q: I recently changed my address through the DMV website. I have yet to receive a new ID. If I get pulled over, will I get cited for having an incorrect address on my license?

A: Great job on utilizing the DMV online services! Though you changed your address in our system, you will not be issued a new Driver License. Type or write your new address on a small piece of paper with your signature and date. Keep it with your driver license and if pulled over you will not be cited. However, if you are following the laws of the road you shouldn't have any worries about being pulled over in the first place. For more tips on safe driving and making sure you are following all laws please visit www.DMV.ca.gov.

Q: I need to renew my vehicle registration in a few weeks. Is it possible to do it online and can I pay for it with a credit card?

A: Yes! You can save yourself a trip to a DMV office or the price of a postage stamp by renewing online but only if the Renewal Notice you received from DMV has a Renewal Identifying Number. To renew your vehicle registration online use the following link and follow the instructions: http://www.DMV.ca.gov/online/vrir/vr_top2.htm.

 And yes, you may use your credit card when renewing by Internet. Save Time! Go On Line!

 [The DMV is a department under the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, which is under the direction of Acting Undersecretary Brian Kelly. The DMV licenses drivers, maintains driving records, registers and tracks official ownership of vehicles and vessels, investigates auto and identity-related fraud, and licenses car dealers, driving schools, and traffic violator schools. For more information about the DMV, visit www.DMV.ca.gov.]


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