DMV Announces Changes for Driver License/ID Card Application

Contact: Mike Marando, Armando Botello, Jan Mendoza, Jaime Garza
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Office of Public Affairs
2415 First Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 657-6437

July 5, 2011

Sacramento— Customers will notice changes to the original DMV application when applying for a California driver license or identification card. As a result of the first change the applications will include two check boxes specific to organ donation to further clarify the applicant’s intent: (A) Yes, add my name to the donor registry, or (B), I do not wish to register at this time. The second change includes a question giving customers with prior military service the option of having their contact information provided to the California Department of Veterans Affairs in order to receive information on possible benefits.

In the past, the driver license application form only contained a “yes” box which was optional for customers to mark if they wanted to be included on the Organ Donor registry. If a customer later decides to be an organ donor, they may still sign up on the California Donate Life registry at

Since 2006, the partnership between DMV and Donate Life California has resulted in the registration of 8.2 million organ and tissue donors.

U.S. veterans residing in California can simply check a box on the form to approve having benefit information sent to them by the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA). Once the customer affirms their military service on the driver license application, the DMV will then send the mailing address of the customer to CDVA for distribution of information relative to important services and benefits available to all veterans who served honorably in the military.

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