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AB-2183 Department of Motor Vehicles: occupational licensees.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/11/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2183


Introduced by Assembly Member Mathis

February 11, 2020


An act to amend Section 25 of the Vehicle Code, relating to occupational licensees.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2183, as introduced, Mathis. Department of Motor Vehicles: occupational licensees.
Existing law makes it unlawful for the holder of an occupational license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles to use the initials “DMV,” the Department of Motor Vehicles logogram, or the words “Department of Motor Vehicles” in any business name or telephone number.
This bill would add internet domain names to the above list of prohibited uses. By expanding the application of a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
The bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 25 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:

25.
 (a) It is unlawful for any a person to display or cause or permit to be displayed any sign, mark, or advertisement indicating an official connection with either the Department of Motor Vehicles or the Department of the California Highway Patrol unless such the person has lawful authority, permission, or right to make such that display.
(b) It is unlawful for the holder of any an occupational license issued pursuant to Division 5 (commencing with Section 11100) to use the initials “DMV,” the Department of Motor Vehicles logogram, or the words “Department of Motor Vehicles” in any business name or name, telephone number. No number, or internet domain name, as defined in Section 17527 of the Business and Professions Code. An occupational licensee may shall not use the initials, logogram, or words in any advertisement in a way that indicates, or could be construed to indicate, any an official connection with the Department of Motor Vehicles other than as a licensee.

SEC. 2.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.