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          Bill No:  SB 1399
          Author:   Hueso (D) 
          Amended:  4/26/16  
          Vote:     21 

           SENATE TRANS. & HOUSING COMMITTEE:  11-0, 4/19/16
           AYES:  Beall, Cannella, Allen, Bates, Gaines, Galgiani, Leyva,  
            McGuire, Mendoza, Roth, Wieckowski


           SUBJECT:   Department of Motor Vehicles:  license plate  
                     alternatives pilot program

          SOURCE:    Author

          DIGEST:  This bill extends the sunset on an existing pilot  
          program for alternative license plates from January 1, 2017, to  
          January 1, 2019.

          Existing law:

          1)Requires the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), upon  
            registering a vehicle, to issue to the owner two license  
            plates.  The plates must be rectangular, 12 inches long and  
            six inches wide, with letters and numbers with a minimum  
            height of two and three-quarter inches, a minimum width of one  
            and one-quarter inches, and a minimum spacing between  
            characters of five-sixteenths of an inch.

          2)Authorizes the DMV to establish a pilot program to evaluate  
            the use of alternatives to license plates, registration cards,  


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            and stickers.  The pilot program must be completed by January  
            1, 2017.  A report on the pilot is required to be submitted to  
            the Legislature by July 1, 2018.

          This bill extends the sunset on the pilot program to January 1,  
          2019, and extends the due date of the report on the pilot  
          program to July 1, 2020.

          1)Purpose.  According to the author, without an extension the  
            pilot program will sunset on January 1, 2017.  Additional time  
            is needed to adequately assess the technologies being trialed  
            and to ensure that the DMV obtains sufficient quality data to  
            provide a comprehensive and thorough report to the  

          2)New technologies.  The DMV registers the 33 million vehicles  
            in the state annually, mailing paper registration cards and  
            physical stickers which must be affixed to the license plate.   
            The DMV is currently evaluating three technologies to  
            potentially modernize this process in their pilot program:  an  
            electronic license plate, an electronic vehicle registration  
            card, and a vinyl license plate.

          3)Late start.  The legislation authorizing the pilot program was  
            passed in 2013.  Because of the time necessary to develop a  
            process to solicit and evaluate potential pilot program  
            vendors, the technologies will only have been deployed for  
            about a year.  This may not be adequate time to evaluate the  
            durability and practicality of the technologies.  
          FISCAL EFFECT:   Appropriation:    No          Fiscal  
          Com.:YesLocal:   No

          SUPPORT:   (Verified5/2/16)

          Motor Vehicle Software Corporation


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          OPPOSITION:   (Verified5/2/16)

          None received

          Prepared by:Randy Chinn / T. & H. / (916) 651-4121
          5/4/16 14:58:13

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