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.
|Report ID||Date Published||Title||Section||Links|
2016 – 2021 DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES STRATEGIC PLAN
SECTION VII Reports
|DOT HS-806688||1984/ 12||
Development of Knowledge and Performance Tests for Heavy Vehicle Operators: Volume I, Development and Field Test
This report describes the development and evaluation of the Truck Operator Qualifications Examination (TORQUE) consisting of the following tests: 1. Truck Operator Road Test (TORT); 2. Truck Operator Skill Test (TOST); 3. Truck Operator Manual (TOM); 4. Truck Operator Knowledge Examination (TOKE); 5. Truck Operator Pretest (TOP); 6. Truck Operator Defects Examination (TODE). The field-validation phase of the project was done in Los Angeles, California under a subcontract to the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
Section II Reports – Address the issues of driver standards and testing
Section III Reports
Section III reports address various issues including negligent operators, actions under the Driver Improvement Program
Section IV Reports – Various issues including research into the causes of accidents, the development of improved statistical techniques and research methods, and the maintenance of a driver record file.
Driver Licensing/Control Systems and Safety Management Studies
Studies on Special Driver Populations
|2015 SLAA REPORT||2016/ 03||
2015 SLAA REPORT
|119 125 130 136 140||2020/ 04||
Annual Tabulations of Mature Driver Program Driving Record Comparisons (1989-1993). Annual Report to the Legislature of the State of California.
To provide annual tabulations comparing the accident and conviction records of Mature Driver Improvement (MDI) course participants and of a randomly selected group of drivers of similar age (55 and above).