DMV Debuts Simplified Senior Driver Web Site Provides Useful Information for Aging Motorists
California Department of Motor Vehicles
Media Relations Office
2415 First Avenue, MS F-122, Sacramento, CA 95818
Contact: Mike Marando, Steve Haskins, Armando Botello, Mike Miller
March 22, 2007
Sacramento -The California Department of Motor Vehicles has revised, simplified and reformatted its Internet Web pages of special interest to senior drivers, drivers who are about to become seniors and any Californian who has relatives who are seniors.
The Web pages (“DMV information geared for today's senior drivers”) are designed for drivers who want to take an active role in enhancing their own lives, maintaining mobility, and fostering traffic safety.
“The senior Web pages on the DMV Web site are a key component to our continuing outreach to senior drivers,” said DMV Director George Valverde. “Baby boomers’ will comprise more than 6 million California drivers over the age of 65 in less than 25 years, and we’re working diligently to better serve that population.
“We have redesigned and refocused the Web pages to make them even more customer-friendly and useful. Senior drivers should find them loaded with useful information to help make any future contacts with DMV less stressful and intimidating,” he said.
The Senior Driver Information Web pages are accessible on the DMV Internet site at www.dmv.ca.gov, and are listed at the top of the page under “Announcements” titled “Senior Driver Information.” There are eight major categories:
- Your Driver License
- Your Health
- Identification Cards
- Your Safety
- Getting Around
- Information for Disabled Customers
- Senior Driver Assessment
- Other Information (links to other related sites)
Topics include information on license renewals and preparing for DMV examinations, restricted licenses and exactly what they are, available public transportation and paratransit services by area, driving safely/vehicle maintenance, and easy-to-connect-to links to the California Department of Aging as well as other local state and national senior-service organizations.
All of the information is also available in Spanish on the DMV Spanish Web site.
California now has almost 3 million drivers who are 65 or older. Over the next few decades, the population of older citizens will continue to increase, as will interest and concern about senior driving issues. Contrary to a common misperception, DMV cannot, by law, base any of its licensing decisions on age alone.
California Highway Patrol statistics show that senior drivers are involved in fewer fatal and injury-related collisions than would be expected considering their numbers in the population as a whole, and it isn’t until very advanced ages that their fatal/injury collision rates are higher than those of any younger age group. However, because these drivers tend to be more fragile, their collision fatality rates increase steeply with age. But statistics don’t tell the whole story, and that’s why the DMV Senior Driver Web pages were createdto get as much useful, common-sense information out to the public as possible in a convenient, easily-accessed location.
“DMV has some rather complex licensing procedures in certain situations that we must follow,” Valverde said, “and offering this type of information on our Senior web site and at the fingertips of the drivers who may directly affected allows them to take greater control of their lives and meet their own needs.
“It’s much more than facts and figures,” Valverde added. “These pages are a compilation of invaluable information and contacts that anyone can access to help themselves or someone they care about to lead safer, healthier lives.”
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 Web site (www.dmv.ca.gov), including online appointments for written and drive tests; vehicle registration and driver license renewals, selection of personalized license plates, changes of address, filings for Notice of Release of Liability, and payment of fees via secure debit transactions.
DMV is a department under the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, which is under the direction of Secretary Dale E. Bonner. The DMV licenses drivers; maintains driving records; registers and tracks official ownership of vehicles and vessels; investigates auto and identity-related fraud; and licenses car dealers, driving schools, and traffic violator schools.
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