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AB-840 Vehicles: driver’s licenses: application requirements.(2013-2014)

As Amends the Law Today


 Section 12800 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:

 Each Every  application for an original or a renewal of a driver’s license shall contain all of the following information: following: 
(a) (1)  The applicant’s true full name, age, gender category,  sex,  mailing address, residence address, and, except as provided in Section 12801,  and  social security account number.
(2) The applicant shall choose their gender category of female, male, or nonbinary.
(3) The department shall not require documentation for an original driver’s license applicant’s initial choice of a gender category or a licensed applicant’s request for an amendment to a gender category other than the following:
(A) The applicant’s self-certification of their chosen gender category.
(B) Documentation required by this code and the California Code of Regulations as necessary to establish that an applicant is lawfully entitled to a license.
(b) A brief description of the applicant for the purpose of identification.
(c) A legible print of the thumb or finger of the applicant.
(d) The type of motor vehicle or combination of vehicles the applicant desires to operate.
(e) Whether the applicant has ever previously been licensed as a driver and, if so, when and in what state or country and whether or not the license has been suspended or revoked and, if so, the date of and reason for the suspension or revocation.
(f) Whether the applicant has ever previously been refused a driver’s license in this state and, if so, the date of and the reason for the refusal.
(g) Whether the applicant, within the last three years, has experienced, on one or more occasions, either a lapse of consciousness or an episode of marked confusion caused by a condition that may bring about recurrent lapses, or whether the applicant has a disease, disorder, or disability that affects his or her ability to exercise reasonable and ordinary control in operating a motor vehicle upon a highway.
(h) Whether the applicant understands traffic signs and signals.
(i) Whether the applicant has ever previously been issued an identification card by the department.
(j) (1) A statement requiring the applicant to acknowledge that he or she knows of the dangers of distracted driving, including, but not limited to, manual, visual, and cognitive distractions.
(2) The statement required pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be incorporated into the application at the first reprinting of the application on or after January 1, 2014, and at each reprinting thereafter.
(3) For purposes of this subdivision, the following terms have the following meanings:
(A) “Cognitive distraction” means a task that requires the driver to avert his or her mental attention away from the driving.
(B) “Manual distraction” means a task that requires the driver to take a hand off of the steering wheel and manipulate a device.
(C) “Visual distraction” means a task that requires the driver to look away from the roadway to visually obtain information.
(j) (k)  Any other information that is necessary to enable the department to determine whether the applicant is entitled to a license under this code.
(k) The department shall adopt regulations to provide a process for an amendment to a gender category.
(l) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2019.
(m) This section shall become inoperative on the effective date of a final judicial determination made by any court of appellate jurisdiction that any provision of the act that added this section, or its application, either in whole or in part, is enjoined, found unconstitutional, or held invalid for any reason. The department shall post this information on its Internet Web site.