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My name is Steve Young and I am a retired California Highway Patrol Officer. I will also be your instructor in one of the online traffic courses with B Line Traffic Schools. No matter what course you sign up for, my goals are the same: Present you with the information that you need in a way that will not put you to sleep and then get you back to your life.  Throughout some of the courses I have included interesting situations, people and other random things I have come across in my 25+ years with the CHP to break things up a bit. Ok ok, enough about me. Close this window and start your course with B Line Traffic Schools today.

New California Driver’s License Information

16 Jan Blog | Comments

On October 1, 2010, the California DMV began issuing a new enhanced driver’s license and identification card with additional security features, including a laser-engraved signature that can be felt by touch.  This will enable law enforcement officers to detect fraudulent licenses immediately.  There will also be ultraviolet images, and a new 2D bar code on the back, among other improvements.

Because of the extensive nature of these improvements, issuance of new or renewed driver licenses is taking much longer than anticipated. In some cases it can take two months or longer.  Although you may not receive your new license for a while, the DMV updates your license information immediately. Law enforcement officers who have access to your driver license information will honor the updated expiration date and information.

Drivers should go tot he DMV at least 2 months prior to their license expiration and complete their license renewal. Currently the new licenses are taking anywhere from 4-8 weeks and if you are caught driving on a expired license, the fine could be as much as $1000. The DMV anticipates that this lead time for the new licenses will shorten over the coming months, but plan on getting your new license early to be safe.

For more information or to have any of your questions answered you should visit the California Department of Motor Vehicles or view the Driver’s License and Identification Card brochure to see more detailed information regarding the new licenses and identification cards.

Steve Young

Retired CHP Officer

Traffic Schools Director

B Line Traffic Schools

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