California DMV developed the Autonomous Vehicle Deployment (AVD) Program to establish regulations for manufacturers to meet before they can deploy autonomous vehicles on California’s public roads.
The AV Deployment Program is administered by the DMV Autonomous Vehicles Branch.
As of October 24, 2023, there are three manufacturers authorized to deploy autonomous vehicles.
How to Apply for the AVD Program
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To apply for the Autonomous Vehicle Deployment Program, submit the following:
- Application For Permit To Deploy Autonomous Vehicles On Public Streets (OL 321).
- Autonomous Vehicle Manufacturer Surety Bond (OL 317) or Autonomous Vehicle Deployment Permit Application for Certificate of Self-Insurance (OL 319A).
- A copy of articles of incorporation, corporate minutes or other document filed with the Secretary of State, which identifies the officers, shareholders and managers (if filing as a corporation, limited liability company or limited liability partnership owned business).
Email all completed application forms and documents to email@example.com and pay the applicable fees.
You can also mail your application forms, documents, and fees to:
Department of Motor Vehicles
Autonomous Vehicles Branch
2415 1st Ave, MS D405
Sacramento, CA 95818
Processing times may vary depending on the volume of applications received. However, DMV strives to respond to all applications within 30 business days. Keep a copy of all documents for your records.
- $3,275 non-refundable application fee
Take a look at the Autonomous Vehicle Form OL 321 Deployment Checklist (OL 321C) to make sure you completed all the steps.
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