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Vehicle Code - VEH

DIVISION 6. DRIVERS' LICENSES [12500 - 15326]

  ( Heading of Division 6 amended by Stats. 1961, Ch. 1615. )

CHAPTER 3. Investigation and Hearing [13800 - 14401]

  ( Chapter 3 enacted by Stats. 1959, Ch. 3. )

ARTICLE 3. Hearing [14100 - 14112]
  ( Article 3 enacted by Stats. 1959, Ch. 3. )

14100.
  

(a) Whenever the department has given notice, or has taken or proposes to take action under Section 12804.15, 13353, 13353.2, 13950, 13951, 13952, or 13953, the person receiving the notice or subject to the action may, within 10 days, demand a hearing which shall be granted, except as provided in Section 14101.

(b) An application for a hearing does not stay the action by the department for which the notice is given.

(c) The fact that a person has the right to request an administrative hearing within 10 days after receipt of the notice of the order of suspension under this section and Section 16070, and that the request is required to be made within 10 days in order to receive a determination prior to the effective date of the suspension shall be made prominent on the notice.

(d) The department shall make available notices, to accompany the notice provided pursuant to this section, that provide the information required pursuant to subdivision (c) in all non-English languages spoken by a substantial number of the public served by the department, and shall distribute the notices as it determines is appropriate.

(e) The department shall implement the provisions of subdivisions (c) and (d) as soon as practicable, but not later than January 1, 1994.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 658, Sec. 5. Effective October 10, 2001.)

14100.1.
  

Hearings granted on refusal, suspension, or revocation of a passenger transportation vehicle or hazardous materials endorsement, or farm labor vehicle certificate shall be conducted according to Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 13800) of Division 6.

(Added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1360, Sec. 42.)

14101.
  

A person is not entitled to a hearing in either of the following cases:

(a)  If the action by the department is made mandatory by this code.

(b)  If the person has previously been given an opportunity with appropriate notice for a hearing and failed to request a hearing within the time specified by law.

(Amended by Stats. 1991, Ch. 13, Sec. 32. Effective February 13, 1991.)

14103.
  

Failure to respond to a notice given under this chapter within 10 days is a waiver of the right to a hearing, and the department may take action without a hearing or may, upon request of the person whose privilege of driving is in question, or at its own option, reopen the question, take evidence, change, or set aside any order previously made, or grant a hearing.

(Amended by Stats. 1991, Ch. 13, Sec. 34. Effective February 13, 1991.)

14104.
  

If the department grants a hearing as provided in this chapter, it shall fix a time and place for the hearing and shall give 10 days’ notice of the hearing to the applicant or licensee. The notice of hearing shall also include a statement of the discovery rights of the applicant or licensee to review the department’s records prior to the hearing.

(Amended by Stats. 1991, Ch. 13, Sec. 35. Effective February 13, 1991.)

14104.2.
  

(a) Any hearing shall be conducted by the director or by a hearing officer or hearing board appointed by him or her from officers or employees of the department.

(b) The entire proceedings at any hearing may be recorded by a phonographic recorder or by mechanical, electronic, or other means capable of reproduction or transcription.

(Added by Stats. 1991, Ch. 13, Sec. 36. Effective February 13, 1991.)

14104.5.
  

(a) Before a hearing has commenced, the department, or the hearing officer or hearing board, shall issue subpoenas or subpoenas duces tecum, or both, at the request of any party, for attendance or production of documents at the hearing. After the hearing has commenced, the department, if it is hearing the case, or the hearing officer sitting alone, or the hearing board, may issue subpoenas or subpoenas duces tecum, or both.

(b) Notwithstanding Section 11450.20 of the Government Code, subpoenas and subpoenas duces tecum issued in conjunction with the hearings may be served by first-class mail.

(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 724, Sec. 32. Effective January 1, 2000.)

14104.7.
  

At any hearing, the department shall consider its official records and may receive sworn testimony. At the hearing, or subsequent to the hearing with the consent of the applicant or licensee, any or all of the following may be submitted as evidence concerning any fact relating to the ability of the applicant or licensee to safely operate a motor vehicle:

(a) Reports of attending or examining physicians and surgeons.

(b) Reports of special investigators appointed by the department to investigate and report upon any facts relating to the ability of the person to operate a vehicle safely.

(c) Properly authenticated reports of hospital records, excerpts from expert testimony received by the department or a hearing board upon similar issues of scientific fact in other cases, and the prior decision of the director upon those issues.

(Added by Stats. 1991, Ch. 13, Sec. 38. Effective February 13, 1991.)

14105.
  

(a) Upon the conclusion of a hearing, the hearing officer or hearing board shall make findings and render a decision on behalf of the department and shall notify the person involved. Notice of the decision shall include a statement of the person’s right to a review. The decision shall take effect as stated in the notice, but not less than four nor more than 15 days after the notice is mailed.

(b) The decision may be modified at any time after issuance to correct mistakes or clerical errors.

(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 724, Sec. 33. Effective January 1, 2000.)

14105.5.
  

(a) The person subject to a hearing may request a review of the decision taken under Section 14105 within 15 days of the effective date of the decision.

(b) On receipt of a request for review, the department shall stay the action pending a decision on review, unless the hearing followed an action pursuant to Section 13353, 13353.2, or 13953. The review shall include an examination of the hearing report, documentary evidence, and findings. The hearing officer or hearing board conducting the original hearing may not participate in the review process.

(c) Following the review, a written notice of the department’s decision shall be mailed to the person involved. If the action has been stayed pending review, the department’s decision shall take effect as stated in the notice, but not less than four nor more than 15 days after the notice is mailed.

(d) The decision may be modified at any time after issuance to correct mistakes or clerical errors.

(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 724, Sec. 34. Effective January 1, 2000.)

14106.
  

Following the mailing of the notice of the department’s decision pursuant to Section 14105.5, the department, at its own option or upon the request of the person whose privilege of driving is in question, may reopen the question, take further evidence, or change or set aside any order previously made.

(Amended by Stats. 1991, Ch. 13, Sec. 41. Effective February 13, 1991.)

14112.
  

(a) All matters in a hearing not covered by this chapter shall be governed, as far as applicable, by Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.

(b) Subdivision (a) of Section 11425.30 of the Government Code does not apply to a proceeding for issuance, denial, revocation, or suspension of a driver’s license pursuant to this division.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 193, Sec. 196. Effective January 1, 2005.)

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