BEHIND THE CURTAIN: The mysteries behind the DMV

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BEHIND THE CURTAIN: The mysteries behind the Department of Motor Vehicles. Stuck in line waiting to renew your driver's license, ever wonder just what's the purpose and function of the DMV?  Just how should you deal with a DUI, or ID documents; perhaps approach your grandfather’s own suspension, due to advanced age, medical condition, confusion? Thursday, August 28, YLR host Jeff Hayden welcomes David Uthman, of San Francisco Traffic Law Clinic plus his own local law practice. They discuss Mysteries Behind the DMV. Questions for us? Please call toll-free 866-798-8255.


17 hours ago

  Tonight, on Your Legal Rights, we look behind the curtain and discuss the Department of Motor Vehicles, both what they do and how best you can work with the Department.  Just how should you deal with a DUI, or ID documents; perhaps approach your grandfather’s own suspension, due to advanced age, medical condition, confusion?  YLR host Jeff Hayden welcomes two guests, attorneys each with differing perspectives: Nafiz Ahmed, Ahmed and Sukaram, Redwood City, CA, and David Uthman, Law Offices of David Uthman & San Francisco Traffic Law Clinic, both in San Francisco, CA.

"Fullerton DMV" by Flickr user Micah Sittig. Used under CC BY 2.0 / cropped and resized.


AB 60 — a year-old law allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses — hasn’t worked the same for everyone. For some people, like Ghanaian national Eko Croffie, a small complication can mean a long journey ahead.


"Day 13: My morning at DMV" by Flickr user Vicky Sedgwick. Used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / cropped and resized

When it comes to undocumented immigrants applying for an AB 60 driver's license, it has been especially hard for people whose country is not on the list of countries whose nationals are approved to apply for AB 60, whose passports contain an electronic chip.

On the April 23rd edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about policies that could get more people to cast ballots. In the 2014 midterm US elections, we saw the worst voter turnout in 72 years. Oregon is tackling this problem by becoming the first state in the country to automatically register voters who go to the DMV. California is considering a similar law. What are other states doing to make voting easier? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you. 


Daily news roundup for Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Mar 3, 2015
Mike Kepka / The Chronicle

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Cooking, Coding and Room to Grow // SF Gate

"The concept is something like farm-to-doorstep.

Every day, the team at Sprig, a food-delivery app company, whips up Cobb salad wraps and jerk chicken plates for delivery to offices and homes around Palo Alto and San Francisco. When possible, the company gets its produce from within 150 miles of the city.

Angela Johnston


Rosa Santos is leaning over a pile of forms and documents in the corner of the San Jose’s new DMV. I meet her along with her friend. They’re both applying for their licenses for the first time through AB 60.

Santos came prepared today. She studied for hours, pouring over YouTube tutorials and sample driver's tests. As she waits in line, she riffles through the documents she needs -  a Mexican ID, a piece of mail to confirm her address, and $33 for the processing fee.

Driverless Cars in California

May 7, 2013

Google's self-driving cars have been seen all over Bay Area roads for several years, but now that California has passed SB 1298, autonomous vehicles could become a reality here much faster than many people have predicted. Will these 'driverless' cars prevent some of the 5 million motor accidents in the United States by eliminating human error and distraction? How will manufacturers resolve the safety and liability issues related to autonomous vehicles? What about the privacy concerns about the data that self driving cars will collect?