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DMV Driver Handbook Available for the iPad


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October 28, 2013

DMV Driver Handbook Available for the iPad
New and Interactive Option for Preparing for the Written Test

SACRAMENTO - The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has introduced a new dynamic and interactive version of the Driver Handbook for the Apple iPad tablet to help new drivers prepare for DMV's written exam.

"We transformed our traditional driver handbook into a dynamic and interactive experience," said DMV Chief Deputy Director Jean Shiomoto. "This new iPad version of the DMV handbook offers customers innovative educational materials to help improve driver safety on California's roadways and highways."

The Handbook is primarily designed to help prepare new drivers for the DMV's written test of traffic laws and road signs. New and experienced drivers will also find this handbook a valuable resource for information about safe driving.

The DMV Driver Handbook on the iPad offers a full-screen educational experience including diagrams, photos, videos, and quizzes. The handbook's other useful features include text highlighting, content search, a detailed glossary and the ability to take electronic notes and share information on Facebook or Twitter. The Handbook includes sample tests, DMV driving videos and list of local DMV field offices.

A demonstration video of the new California DMV Driver License Handbook for iPad is available on the DMV's YouTube channel, where drivers can find lots of useful information to help hone driving skills and learn the rules of the road:

The electronic version of the DMV Driver Handbook for the iPad was created using DMV's in-house information technology and website services team, which was instrumental in selecting the template, customizing the program, and designing a layout.

DMV also has a DMV Now app for smartphones that helps drivers prepare for the written driver license exam, learn about safe driving by watching DMV driving videos, and find local DMV field offices. In 2011, the Android and iPhone apps earned the California DMV two of the Center for Digital Government's Best of California Awards during the annual Government Technology Conference in Sacramento. In 2013, DMV was named a 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate by IDG's Computerworld publication. The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change.

The DMV Driver Handbook can be downloaded for the iPad for free through the iBooks app bookstore. You must first download the iBooks app for free on your iPad through the Apple App Store. Hard copies of the driver handbook are still available at DMV field offices statewide or can be viewed online at

"DMV's goal is to provide customers with useful educational tools that facilitate learning and help make California's roads safer," added Shiomoto.

DMV Online and Social Media Milestones

In 1996, the California Department of Motor Vehicles went online

  • Californians conducted more than 11.9 million online transactions during 2012.
  • Customers who make online appointments have wait times an average of 7 minutes.
  • DMV continues to add new online features. The next one will be registration renewal from a mobile device.

In 2007, DMV unveils YouTube Channel

  • 17,159 subscribers
  • 30,377,082 lifetime views
  • 473,948 views in September 2013
  • The DMV Answerman answers frequently asked questions through engaging videos.
  • Government Video Web Channel in August 2013 recognized DMV's YouTube Channel for "short well-produced videos on a variety of topics of interest to its customers."

In 2008, DMV Twitter page @CA_DMV

  • 11,787 Twitter page followers
  • awards for Twitter page

In 2009, DMV Facebook page

  • 13,486 Facebook member likes

In 2010, launch of DMV Now for the iPhone and Android

  • 244,969 iPhone downloads:
  • 241,985 Android downloads:

Don't Stand In Line, Go Online! Doing business with the DMV has never been easier. The DMV offers an array of services to customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through its Website including online advance appointments for written and drive tests; vehicle registration and driver license renewals, selection of personalized license plates, changes of address and payment of fees via secure debit transactions. Customers can also effect transactions by calling DMV customer service at (800) 777-0133. DMV is a department under the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA).


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