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Deployment of Autonomous Vehicles for Public Operation

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Deployment of Autonomous Vehicles for Public Operation

The regulations for post-testing deployment of autonomous vehicles establish the requirements for manufacturers to meet prior to operation on California’s on public roads.

On February 26, 2018, the Office of Administrative Law approved the deployment regulations.

On March 2, 2018, the department posted a public notice of that approval on its website and can begin approving applications 30 days after the notice on April 2, 2018.

Information for Manufacturers Applying for Deployment of Autonomous Vehicles Permit

The autonomous vehicles deployment regulations establish an Autonomous Vehicle Deployment Program that is administered by the department's Occupational Licensing Branch. DMV will begin accepting applications for the Autonomous Vehicle Deployment Program on March 2, 2018. An application for a  deployment permit cannot be approved and permit issued until April 2, 2018.

You may view the requirements and application process for manufacturers to obtain DMV's approval prior to deployment of autonomous vehicles on California public roads by clicking on the link below:

Autonomous Vehicle Deployment Program

Deployment (Public Use) Regulations

The regulations adopted by the Office of Administrative Law on February 26, 2018, create the regulatory text for driverless testing.

Approved February 26, 2018

Adopted Regulatory Text (PDF)

Final Statement of Reasons (PDF)

Autonomous Vehicle Milestones

For more information on autonomous vehicle history in California, visit the Milestones in the Development of Driverless Testing and Deployment Regulations.

Background on Autonomous Vehicles

For more general information about autonomous vehicles, visit Autonomous Vehicles in California.

 

 
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