New California DMV Laws 2013

on January 1, 2013
New California driving laws for 2013 are in effect and the Department of Motor Vehicles urges motorists to mind some new rules of the road in the Golden State.

Here's the list of new driving laws in California for 2013 which have been in effect since January.....

As they say, ignorance of the law is no excuse, so Californians are encouraged to keep up on new legislation as it is signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown.

New California DMV Laws 2013

Assembly Bill 1447 - Used Car Dealer Law I

Prohibits used car dealers from requiring buyers to make payments in person except for the down payment. It limits the circumstances under which buy-here-pay-here dealers can track a vehicle with GPS tracking technology.

Such used car dealers cannot disable a car with starter-interrupt technology without first notifying the buyer in writing at the time of sale. Buy-here-pay here used car dealers must provide a 30-day or 1,000 mile warranty as part of any purchase or lease of a used vehicle. New law now in effect.

Assembly Bill 1534 - Used Car Dealer Law II

Requires buy-here-pay-here used car dealers to affix and prominently display a label on any retail used vehicle that shows the reasonable market value of the vehicle.

The label must contain (1) specific information from a recognized pricing guide used to determine that value and (2) the date the value was determined. The prospective car buyer must also be provided with a copy of this information. New law now in effect.

Assembly Bill 1550 - Veteran License Plate Law

Allows increased fees for the issuance, renewal, and personalization of veterans organizations license plates to benefit the County Veterans Service Officers Fund. New law now in effect.

The new law also clarifies the license plate's availability to veterans and non-veterans, and it requires the DMV to make decals available for the plate that indicate an applicant's service in a particular war or conflict and decals honoring veterans of a particular war or conflict.

Additionally, the law requires the DMV to make available a "yellow ribbon/support our troops" decal to be issued in lieu of the above-described decals. New law now in effect.

Assembly Bill 1658 - Legacy License Plate Law

The California DMV now accepts applications for specialized license plates that are reproductions of license plates from California history. Motorists can choose from three styles: yellow background with black lettering, black background with yellow lettering, and blue background with yellow lettering. New law now in effect.

Assembly Bill 1888 - Driver Traffic Violator School Law

Allows commercial drivers to attend traffic violator school for violations that occur while operating non-commercial vehicles. A conviction does not count as a point on a driving record unless it was considered a serious violation. The record of the conviction will also be openly disclosed to employers and insurers. New law now in effect.

Assembly Bill 2020 - DUI Blood Test Law

Drivers suspected of driving under the influence of DRUGS can no longer choose a urine test to determine drug content.

The new DUI law requires a blood test in order for law enforcement and prosecutors to identify, arrest and convict drugged drivers. If a blood test is unavailable, the driver is deemed to have given consent to a urine test for drugs. New law now in effect.

Assembly Bill 2443 - Vessel Registration Fee Law

Allows increased vessel registration fees to be determined by the Department of Boating and Waterways and collected by the DMV to help pay for dreissenid mussel monitoring, inspection, and infestation prevention programs in California waterways.

The fee will not exceed $10 and will not be imposed on vessels operated only in marine waters. New law now in effect.

Senate Bill 1298 - Self-Driving Car Law

Allows for testing of autonomous vehicles (self-driving cars) by those designated by an autonomous technology manufacturer. Before publicly operating autonomous vehicles, a manufacturer must submit an application to the DMV and certify that insurance, vehicle safety and testing standards have been met first.

The new law authorizes regulations to specify any further DMV requirements deemed necessary by DMV, such as a limit to the number of self-driving vehicles allowed on California roads, special vehicle registration and driver's license requirements, and rules for the suspension, revocation, or denial of any license or approval issued by the DMV. New law now in effect.

To keep up on what will be effective next January, read the list of new California laws for 2014.