DMV Warns Against Potential Use of Stolen Registration Stickers Disabled Parking Plcards

California Department of Motor Vehicles
Media Relations Office
2415 First Avenue, MS F-122, Sacramento, CA 95818
Contact: DMV Media Relations

May 17, 2007

Local, State, National Law Enforcement Agencies Notified

Sacramento – The Department of Motor Vehicles announced today that state, local and national law enforcement have been notified of a limited number of 2007 and 2008 registration stickers and disabled parking placards that were stolen from the department’s Oakland Coliseum Field Office late Tuesday night.

At approximately 10:35 p.m. Tuesday, the DMV office at 501 – 85th Avenue in Oakland was broken into by three masked men dressed in black, as verified by on-site videotapes.

Individuals caught stealing or using both temporary and permanent disabled placards illegally can face a range of penalties including imprisonment in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000, or both. In respect to stolen tags, persons who steal or use registration stickers not issued to them are subject to prosecution for a misdemeanor and could face imprisonment of up to one year and fines of up to $1,000 or both. The specific registration tags and disabled parking placards involved in the theft are numbered and readily identifiable and traceable.

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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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