DMV Urges Fire Victims to Report Theft or Loss of Vehicle License Plates

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

October 30, 2007

San Diego – The Department of Motor Vehicles today is urging fire victims of the Southern California Wildfires to report any theft or loss of license plates from burned out vehicles to local law enforcement agencies.

“The unauthorized removal of a vehicle license plate is a crime, and residents are being asked to report any activity of this kind to local police agencies,” said DMV Director George Valverde.

The destruction of more than 1800 homes in the greater Southern California region as a result of the wildfires could draw scam artists looking to remove plates and possibly VIN numbers from destroyed automobiles.

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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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