Listen to the New DMV California 2008 Drivers Handbook

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

September 8, 2008

Sacramento— The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has added yet another feature to its growing list of Internet services.  In an effort to assist DMV customers who may have reading/learning difficulties, or English is their second language,  the California Driver’s Handbook 2008 is now available in MP3 audio format, in English or Spanish.

Customers may listen to the handbook directly from a personal computer or the audio files may be downloaded from their personal computers to an IPOD or other MP3 players.   These audio lessons are designed as a complement to the printed hand book. Customers are encouraged to follow along with the printed handbook since the driving diagrams are a very important aspect when learning road signs, and the rules of the road.

This project has been a long-term goal for the department because it not only provides a learning alternative for the public, but this new medium will improve traffic safety in California.  The audio segments are broken down into the following categories:

  • New Laws and General DMV Information
  • How to Obtain a Driver License
  • Traffic Lights, Signs and Seat Belts
  • Laws and Rules of the Road
  • Safe Driving Practices
  • Sharing the Road with Other Vehicles
  • Emergencies and Accidents
  • Health and Safety Information
  • Actions that Result in Loss of a License
  • Vehicle Registration Requirement

The DMV also recently went live, with the online appointment service on the Spanish DMV website (  The online appointment service provides Spanish-speaking customers with a 24/7 Internet service to make appointments in field offices statewide.  More DMV online features are in the works for the coming year, as the DMV continues to move forward in providing online services to increase efficiency and provide excellent customer service.

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 (, including online appointments for written and drive tests; vehicle registration and driver license renewals, selection of personalized license plates, changes of address 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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