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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2015
California DMV Celebrates 100 Years of Dedication to Public Service
When the DMV was created in 1915, two full-time employees were hired to staff its first office, which was located inside the California Secretary of State’s office. During that year, vehicle registrations had climbed to 191,000, the average car sold for $500, and a gallon of gasoline cost eight cents.
Today, the DMV has its own headquarters building, along with 174 field offices staffed with approximately 10,000 dedicated employees who serve more than 24 million licensed drivers and processes nearly 33 million vehicle registrations, among many other services.
“The DMV has always changed with the times,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto. “We will build on our successful past and continue to offer more efficient and convenient ways to provide services to our customers in a manner in which they want them delivered.”
Here are some DMV milestones:
1915 - Vehicle Act of 1915 establishes the DMV
Learn more about DMV’s interesting historical past by visiting http://dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/about/profile/history.
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