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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Executive Management Information System
The Executive Management Information System was an attempt to develop a departmental management information system (MIS) for DMV. Summarized production data was compiled and formatted to provide information for middle and upper management.
A Queueing Model of Customer Waiting Time in DMV Field Offices
To develop a computerized queueing model for use in DMV field offices for possible reduction of customer waiting time.
Terminal Digit Workload Scheduling Project
To develop a computerized workload scheduling system for the terminal digit (TD) operators.
Standardization of Production Rates for Comparing Field Offices
To develop practical examples of standardization techniques for use in DMV field offices and headquarters units.
Determining Sample Size
This paper was meant to introduce people unfamiliar with sampling theory and practice to some basic information needed in order to make a valid inference from a sample to a population.
Prediction of Field Office Telephone Staffing Levels
To develop a regression model for staffing telephone operations in DMV field offices.
Driving Simulator Review
To review and evaluate the technology, costs, and _unresolved issues of contention related to driving simulators; to reach conclusions, based on research studies, about the validity of using driving simulators.
Accidents, Mileage, and the Exaggeration of Risk
To correct a common misinterpretation of the accidents-per-mile measure. The assumption that accidents should be proportional to miles driven is shown to be invalid and to exaggerate the accident risk of lowmileage groups.
Nomograms for Power, Sample Size and Effect Size for Statistical Tests
To develop a reference which can be used to quickly determine the statistical power of a variety of widely used statistical tests.
Research Notes (Newsletter), April 1972 – March 2003- abstract (PDF)
To communicate the activities and research findings of the Research and Development Section and others to management and operational personnel.