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July 1, 2011 > New DMV laws go into effect July 1

New DMV laws go into effect July 1

Submitted By Fremont Police Department

Organ Donation (SB 1395/Alquist)
Language on DMV's applications will offer a driver license applicant an option to register as a prospective organ donor in the organ donor program or defer that decision to a later time. The change adds check boxes in the organ donor registration field of the application: "A" - Yes, add my name to the donor registry or "B" - I do not wish to register at this time. This ensures that failure to register as an organ donor is not simply an oversight.

Local Traffic Ordinances (SB 949/Oropeza)
To ensure that traffic convictions are recorded by the Department of Motor Vehicles, local authorities may not enact or enforce a local ordinance on any matter covered by the California Vehicle Code.

High-Occupancy Vehicle Lanes (SB 535/Yee)
Prior law permitting certain fuel-efficient, low-emission vehicles to display yellow stickers and operate in HOV lanes with a single occupant expires July 1, 2011; white stickers issued to fully-electric and compressed natural gas vehicles are valid until January 1, 2015; and a third sticker, for plug-in hybrid vehicles will be issued and valid from January 1, 2012 until January 1, 2015.

Coming in January 2012...

Driving Under the Influence (AB 1601/Hill)
Effective January 1, 2012, this bill authorizes a court to order a 10-year revocation of the driver license of a person convicted of a third or subsequent DUI violation, with possible reinstatement after five years if specified conditions are met.

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