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AB-63 Driver’s licenses: instruction permits and provisional licenses.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Frazier (A)
Medina (A) , Newman (S)
Driver’s licenses: instruction permits and provisional licenses.
An act to amend, repeal, and add Sections 12509, 12509.5, 12660, and 12814.6 of, and to add Section 11103.5 to, the Vehicle Code, relating to driver’s licenses.

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Desk Process
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
01/12/18 Stricken from file.
01/03/18 Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
10/07/17 Vetoed by Governor.
09/20/17 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4:30 p.m.
09/13/17 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 47. Noes 25. Page 3256.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 63 without my signature.

This bill takes existing driver license restrictions placed on minors aged 16 and 17 years and extends it to adults between 18 to 21 years old.

While I understand the author's intent of needing to address factors that contribute to the unnecessary collisions and deaths of young Californians on our highways, the provisions of this bill create a burden on a segment of adult Californians that are no longer seen as a minor in the eyes of the law. Eighteen year olds are eligible to enlist in the military, vote in national, state, and local elections, enter into contracts, and buy their own car. I believe adults should not be subject to the same driving restrictions presently applied to minors.

When I vetoed a similar bill in 2013, I believed that efforts would be better focused on teen driver training and education programs that improve transportation safety for provisional drivers. That is still my view today.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.