Research Studies & Reports
DMV’s Research & Development Branch has been conducting research and producing studies and reports since the 1950s. Research & Development reports help DMV to measure the impact of new laws on making drivers safer. We also identify areas where we can improve our processes, explore new approaches to solving existing problems, and branch out into new opportunities to serve you better.
Studies & Reports Sections
Studies and reports are assigned to a Section that best describes the type of report. Click on a section title below to see a short description.
I. Driver Education & Training Studies
II. Driver Licensing Screening Studies
III. Studies on Improvement and Control of Deviant Drivers
IV. Basic Research & Methodological Studies: Driver Performance, Accident Etiology, Prediction Models, and Actuarial Applications
V. Driver Licensing / Control Systems & Safety Management Studies
VI. Studies on Special Driver Populations
VII. Miscellaneous Studies & Reports
Request printed copies of studies and reports by mail at:
Department of Motor Vehicles
Research and Development Branch
2570 24th Street, Mail Station: H-126
Sacramento, CA 95818
Please include the report number, the number of copies requested, and your name, address, and phone number.
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Control of the Negligent Driver–Part III: Six Year After Action Driving Record
To examine the percentage of drivers who either remained in or returned to the negligent driver category after original action; to arrive at a profile of the drivers who remained negligent drivers.
Projected Motor Vehicle and Trailer Registration by County, 1967-1980
To prepare a set of estimated vehicle registrations to 1980, by county, for each of the four classes of vehicles --passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, motorcycles, and trailers.
The California Motorcycle Study – Driver and Accident Characteristics
To evaluate the extent of the motorcycle problem and pinpoint possible problem areas which could be explored by future research.
The California Driver Fact Book
To provide a quick reference for traffic safety personnel and related program administrators.
Modifying Negligent Driving Behavior Through Warning Letters
To investigate the relative impact of various types of warning letters on the subsequent driving record of negligent drivers. Levels of threat and intimacy were manipulated.
Projected Motor Vehicle Registration and Drivers Licenses Outstanding, 1970-85
To prepare a set of estimated vehicle registrations to 1985, by county, for each of the four classes of vehicles --passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, motorcycles, and trailers.
Prediction of Driving Behavior Following a Group Driver Improvement Session
To determine the extent to which driving record subsequent to a driver improvement meeting could be predicted from a personality test and biographical questionnaire.
Traffic Violations by Type, Age, Sex, and Marital Status
To examine how the distribution of violation types varies with such basic demographic variables as age, sex, and marital status.
An Evaluation of Waiving the Driving Tests for Selected Graduates of Driver Training
To determine if it was plausible, without a reduction in screening quality, to permit the schools to certify students as meeting the requirements for a driver's license instead of requiring a driving test administered by DMV.
Modifying Negligent Driving Behavior: Evaluation of Selected Driver Improvement Techniques
To compare and evaluate eight different methods of dealing with negligent drivers.