safety investigation to begin regarding tesla

US Safety Agency Opens Probe Into Tesla Fires

DETROIT November 19, 2013 (AP)
By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer

The U.S. government’s auto safety watchdog is investigating whether Tesla’s Model S electric car is vulnerable to fires because roadway debris can pierce the car’s underbody and battery.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which announced the probe early Tuesday, is looking into two incidents in which Model S drivers struck metal objects on highways. The objects penetrated the bottom of the car, punctured the battery and caused fires.

Both drivers were warned of a problem by the car and escaped safely.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in a blog post that he requested the NHTSA investigation. He says accident data show that the Model S is far safer than gasoline-powered cars, but the probe is needed to dispel questions the public may have about the safety of electric vehicles as a result of the fires.

But NHTSA Administrator David Strickland told reporters in Washington Tuesday that he isn’t aware of any request from Tesla. However, the agency said Tesla is cooperating in the investigation.

News of the probe didn’t hurt Tesla’s stock price. It gained $4.51, or 3.7 percent, to close at $126.09, and at one point rose to $129.

The probe affects more than 13,000 cars from the 2013 model year that were sold in the U.S. Tesla has sold about 19,000 of the cars worldwide. They start at $70,000 but often run more than $100,000.

Tesla’s batteries are mounted beneath the passenger compartment and protected by a quarter-inch-thick metal shield. Experts say that if the batteries are damaged, that can cause arcing and sparks and touch off a fire.

NHTSA, in documents posted on its website, said it opened the preliminary evaluation “to examine the potential risks associated with undercarriage strikes” on the Tesla cars. The investigation could lead to a recall, but a decision likely is months away.

Musk, who has stated previously that the Model S won’t be recalled, said Tuesday that if NHTSA discovers something “that would result in a material improvement in occupant fire safety,” Tesla will make the change on new cars, as well as existing vehicles free of charge. He said such a discovery is “unlikely.”

The low-slung Model S has a 6-inch clearance between the ground and the undercarriage. Other cars with gas engines sit lower, such as the Mercedes CLA Class at 3.9 inches and a Dodge Charger at 5 inches, according to the Edmunds.com auto website. But the Tesla automatically lowers itself about another inch at highway speeds, the company’s website said.

In his blog post, Musk wrote that Tesla has done an over-the-air software update to give the car more ground clearance at highway speeds. The change, Musk wrote, was made to cut the chances of underbody damage, not to improve safety.

“The theoretical probability of a fire injury is already vanishingly small, and the actual number to date is zero,” he wrote.

Another software update in January will give the driver more control of the air suspension ride height, Musk wrote. The company also added fire damage to its warranty coverage “even if it’s due to driver error.”

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California lawmakers can’t roll back gas prices or revive eight-track tape players, but they soon may offer motorists something else from decades past: replica license plates.

Assembly Bill 1658 would allow the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue plates resembling those of the 1950s, through ’80s for a fee – $50 initially, $40 per year – to cover administrative costs and raise money for environmental projects.

Assemblyman Mike Gatto, a Los Angeles Democrat who proposed the bill, said it capitalizes on nostalgia and recent production of retro-style vehicles. “What’s old is new,” he says, “and it might make the state a little money, too.”

Plates would not be issued by the DMV until 7,500 had been ordered by the public. They would come in three classic designs, with black lettering on a yellow background, or yellow lettering on either a black or blue background.

The new plates would not be exact reproductions, however. Current plates have seven digits, for example, while those of decades past had six. Reflectivity and font-type standards also have changed through the decades.

AB 1658 received bipartisan support in the Assembly Transportation Committee, 14-0, and is awaiting action in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

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A California trade association complains, saying Tesla’s ads understate the price of the new Model S.

Elon Musk’s Tesla Automotive has weathered big debt, bad press and consumer resistance to electric cars. Now the company finds itself on the wrong side of its home state’s car dealers.

On Monday, the California New Car Dealers Association submitted a nine-page complaint to the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, claiming Tesla’s advertising related to pricing is deceptive.

Tesla, of Palo Alto, is the darling of the green energy world, demonstrating to consumers that cars can be environmental and beautiful, though Tesla’s vehicles are still prohibitively costly for the average car buyer. Tesla also has garnered glowing reviews from industry publications, including Consumer Reports, which gave its new Model S nearly a perfect score during its test drive this year. Nevertheless, Tesla has faced a state-by-state battle with car dealers since it rolled out its new sedan.

“Dealers are feeling threatened by Tesla’s business model and being perhaps fearful that other electric vehicle manufacturers will say, ‘Tesla did this, we can too,’ and bypass the franchise dealer system and sell directly to the customer,” says Mike Omotoso, an automobile industry analyst with LMC Automotive, in Troy, Michigan.

Tesla falsely claims on its website that consumers can purchase a new Tesla S, which retails for around $70,000, for as little as $114 a month, after gas savings, government incentives, and various financing options, CNCDA says in its letter. (State and federal government incentives can range between $7,500 and $15,000 for fuel-efficient cars). While the organization did not estimate a correct monthly payment, it asserted that $114 a month was highly unlikely, since it comes to $25 less per month than the least expensive new car available to consumers today, the Nissan Versa.

CNCDA complained that Tesla’s advertisement did not include any of the required data about how the  monthly payments were arrived at, including down payments, finance charges, and number of payments involved, as well as qualifiers about advertised rates and gas savings.

“This is about Tesla making claims that if one of our dealers made, everyone would be up in arms and calling for an investigation,” Brian Maas, president of the New Car Dealers Association of California, of Sacramento, says. “We feel it is appropriate that Tesla, which is dealer too, has to comply with adverting laws like our members.”

Tesla was unable to respond to questions from Inc. before deadline.

CNCDA represents 1,100 new car and truck dealers in California. Generally, each state sets franchise laws for automobile sales, Omotoso says. California lets manufacturers sell their own cars directly. California’s DMV enforces dealer and manufacturer advertising regulations, Maas says.

Tesla operates somewhat like Apple does, through an independent retail network of 31 dedicated dealerships in the U.S. Other car brands, by contrast, sell through dealer franchises that sell multiple car brands simultaneously.

Other state car dealer associations have tried to prevent Tesla from selling its cars in recent months, with varying degrees of success. Texas forbids Tesla dealers to sell its cars in the state. North Carolina’s new car dealers association also tried to hamstring Tesla there, but the group had its challenge defeated by state representatives in June.

Though Tesla’s overall car sales are still small–it sold 10,650 cars through June, 2013 and is on track to sell about 20,000 through the end of the year, according to Omotoso–its strategy of selling through a direct dealership has definitely boosted sales. If it participated in the typical franchise system, it would be lumped together with traditional car brands that are cheaper and whose features the typical dealer understands better.

Tesla went public in 2010, and it has struggled for years with profitability, only eking into positive territory in May, simultaneously paying off a controversial Department of Energy loan of nearly half a billion dollars. Tesla has seen its stock price soar to about $183 from $23 three years ago.

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Months after the confusing announcement of Tesla’s lease-like financing program, the electric vehicle maker could face an advertisement probe that has been requested by the California New Car Dealers Association,Automotive News reports, which claims that consumers are being mislead by advertised monthly payments that are lower than what most people would experience.

The ordeal can be traced back to April 2, when Tesla made an announcement specifying tiered monthly payments for the three versions of the Model S assuming a 66-month term. But then Tesla revised the numbers upward overnight because, it claimed, it meant to say it offered a 63-month finance term, not a 66-month term. The automaker also claimed that factoring in the “true cost of ownership” of a Model S compared to a conventional fuel-burning car could drive monthly costs to below $500.

In May, it added an available finance term of 72 months, which, factoring in only gasoline savings, the company said could lower monthly payments to $580. But the underlying issue at hand is that the means which can potentially lower monthly payments from $1,000+ dollars (depending on the model) to under $600 can’t be realized by the majority of Americans, the CNCDA says.

Tesla provides an online calculator that does the payment math for you. It takes into account the $7,500 federal incentive and $2,500 California incentive (state incentives differ) for EVs, what your time is worth, how much time and money are saved away from the gas station, shortened commuting time with carpool lane access (in participating states), and even business tax benefits. But the “packed external incentives,” as the dealer association calls them, don’t apply to everybody. Most people can’t realize monthly payments below $500 unless they have the right mix of true-cost-of-ownership deductions. CNCDA also claims that only 20-percent of Americans can claim the full $7,500 federal incentive, which is based on findings by the Congressional Budget Office, according to Automotive News.

Brian Maas, president of the dealer association, sees Tesla’s advertisement strategy in this way: “It’s misleading. If you checked every box on their true cost of ownership series of inquiries, they claim you can get a Model S for $114 a month, which is lower than the cheapest [new] car available in the United States, the Nissan Versa - which would cost you, with a lease deal, about $139 a month,” Automotive News reports.

 

 

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TAKE A CUE FROM THE AVIATION INDUSTRY AND ENGINE FIRES
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Eclipse Aerospace, another innovative company, holds a patent on Phostrex, an environmentally friendly fire extinguishing agent. The phostrex is contained in a tiny canister and is used to put out a fire in the jet engine. It’s extraordinarily powerful. A demo can be seen on youtube. I have no idea how well it works on a lithium fire as its mechanism is to displace oxygen, but I understand oxygen deprivation is generally the strategy in dealing with lithium fires.

In the Eclipse there are two guarded switches, one for each engine. The first push cuts off fuel to the engine and the second releases the Phostrex. In the Tesla the first push would trip the master breaker and the second would release the Phostrex. Perhaps an expensive solution, as each canister for a small jet engine costs about $7500, but that’s aviation pricing which is generally higher than automotive by a factor of ten.

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AB1215 Signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown

Beginning July 1, 2012 all California auto dealers must run vehicle history reports

through the National Motor Vehicle Title Information Service (NMVTIS).

Compliance is not achieved with Carfax, AutoCheck or any other non-NMVTIS reports.

NMVTIS reports are available at:

  The purpose of the report is to identify vehicles with branded titles, such as salvage, lemon-law, flood, etc.

If a dealer chooses to sell a vehicle with a branded title,

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On July 1, 2012 dealers may charge an additional $10 on the doc fee to offset the cost of the report.

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Vehicle History Report

VIN: 1VXBR12EXCP901213 (sample)
Report ID:  VinAudit.com #932740318
Generated: 2011-03-27 21:19:24 GMT
Vehicle Specifications
This section lists basic vehicle details encoded by the VIN.

Source: VinQuery
Vin 1VXBR12EXCP901213
Make Toyota
Trim CE
Style SEDAN 4-DR
Steering Type R&P
Tank Size 13.20 gallon
Overall Length 178.30 in.
Standard Seating 5
Highway Mileage 38 – 41 miles/gallon
Year 2005
Model Corolla
Engine 1.8L L4 DOHC 16V
Made In UNITED STATES
Anti-Brake System 4-Wheel ABS
Overall Height 58.50 in.
Overall Width 66.90 in.
Optional Seating No data
City Mileage 30 – 32 miles/gallon
Title Records
This section lists state title records. Please click on the states linked below to request details.

Source: NMVTIS
Date State of Title Type Mileage VIN
08/31/2011 Washington Current 59,396 mi.
02/23/2008 Wisconsin Historical 37,398 mi. 1VXBR12EXCP901213
11/04/2007 Wisconsin Historical 12,269 mi. 1VXBR12EXCP901213
08/19/2005 Ohio Historical 3,220 mi. 1VXBR12EXCP153842
06/22/2005 Ohio Historical 1VXBR12EXCP153842
Junk / Salvage / Insurance Records
This section lists junk, salvage, and insurance records (if any).

Source: NMVTIS
Date Reporting Entity Details
10/25/2007 Insurance Salvage, Inc.
Milwalkee, WI
Phone: 5556478921
Damage type: Junk And Salvage
Disposition: Sold
Intended for export: NO
Problem Checks
This section lists our checks for potential problems related to the title.  (expand all)

Source: NMVTIS
Record of Reconstructed?
 No problems found!
Record of Salvage: Damage or Not Specified?
 Record found!
Brand Date: 08/02/2005
Brander: Ohio (State)
Disposition: Salvage
Record of Test Vehicle?
 No problems found!
Record of Refurbished?
 No problems found!
Record of Collision?
 No problems found!
Record of Salvage Retention?
 No problems found!
Record of Prior Taxi?
 No problems found!
Record of Prior Police?
 No problems found!
Record of Original Taxi?
 No problems found!
Record of Original Police?
 No problems found!
Record of Remanufactured?
 No problems found!
Record of Gray Market?
 No problems found!
Record of Warranty Return?
 No problems found!
Record of Antique?
 No problems found!
Record of Classic?
 No problems found!
Record of Agricultural Vehicle?
 No problems found!
Record of Logging Vehicle?
 No problems found!
Record of Street Rod?
 No problems found!
Record of Vehicle Contains Reissued VIN?
 No problems found!
Record of Replica?
 No problems found!
Record of Totaled?
 No problems found!
Record of Owner Retained?
 No problems found!
Record of Bond Posted?
 No problems found!
Record of Memorandum Copy?
 No problems found!
Record of Parts Only?
 No problems found!
Record of Recovered Theft?
 No problems found!
Record of Undisclosed Lien?
 No problems found!
Record of Prior Owner Retained?
 No problems found!
Record of Vehicle Non-conformity Uncorrected?
 No problems found!
Record of Vehicle Non-conformity Corrected?
 No problems found!
Record of Vehicle Safety Defect Uncorrected?
 No problems found!
Record of Vehicle Safety Defect Corrected?
 No problems found!
Record of VIN Replaced?
 No problems found!
Record of Gray Market: Non-compliant?
 No problems found!
Record of Gray Market: Compliant?
 No problems found!
Record of Manufacturer Buy Back?
 No problems found!
Record of Former Rental?
 No problems found!
Record of Salvage: Stolen?
 No problems found!
Record of Salvage: Reasons Other Than Damage or Stolen?
 No problems found!
Record of Disclosed Damage?
 No problems found!
Record of Prior Non-Repairable / Repaired?
 No problems found!
Record of Crushed?
 No problems found!
Record of Odometer: Actual?
 No problems found!
Record of Odometer: Not Actual?
 No problems found!
Record of Odometer: Tampering Verified?
 No problems found!
Record of Odometer: Exempt from Odometer Disclosure?
 No problems found!
Record of Odometer: Exceeds Mechanical Limits?
 No problems found!
Record of Odometer: May be Altered?
 No problems found!
Record of Odometer: Replaced?
 No problems found!
Record of Odometer: Reading at Time of Renewal?
 No problems found!
Record of Odometer: Discrepancy?
 No problems found!
Record of Odometer: Call Title Division?
 No problems found!
Record of Odometer: Exceeds Mechanical Limits Rectified?
 No problems found!
Record of Flood damage?
 No problems found!
Record of Fire damage?
 No problems found!
Record of Hail damage?
 No problems found!
Record of Salt water damage?
 No problems found!
Record of Vandalism?
 No problems found!
Record of Kit?
 No problems found!
Record of Dismantled?
 No problems found!
Record of Junk?
 No problems found!
Record of Rebuilt?
 Record found!
Brand Date: 08/19/2005
Brander: Ohio (State)
Disposition: Rebuilt
NMVTIS Disclaimer
The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) is an electronic system that contains information on certain automobiles titled in the United States. NMVTIS is intended to serve as a reliable source of title and brand history for automobiles, but it does not contain detailed information regarding a vehicle’s repair history.
All states, insurance companies, and junk and salvage yards are required by federal law to regularly report information to NMVTIS. However, NMVTIS does not contain information on all motor vehicles in the United States because some states are not yet providing their vehicle data to the system. Currently, the data provided to NMVTIS by states is provided in a variety of time frames; while some states report and update NMVTIS data in “real-time” (as title transactions occur), other states send updates less frequently, such as once every 24 hours or within a period of days.
Information on previous, significant vehicle damage may not be included in the system if the vehicle was never determined by an insurance company (or other appropriate entity) to be a “total loss” or branded by a state titling agency. Conversely, an insurance carrier may be required to report a “total loss” even if the vehicle’s titling-state has not determined the vehicle to be “salvage” or “junk.”
Before making a decision to purchase a vehicle, consumers may wish to obtain an independent vehicle inspection, an NMVTIS Vehicle History Report (from an approved NMVTIS data provider – look for the NMVTIS logo), and consult other available vehicle information resources.
The information in NMVTIS includes:
Information from participating state motor vehicle titling agencies.
Information on automobiles, buses, trucks, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, motor homes, and tractors. NMVTIS may not currently include commercial vehicles if those vehicles are not included in a state’s primary database for title records (in some states, those vehicles are managed by a separate state agency), although these records may be added at a later time.
Information on “brands” applied to vehicles provided by participating state motor vehicle titling agencies. Brand types and definitions vary by state, but may provide useful information about the condition or prior use of the vehicle.
Most recent odometer reading in the state’s title record.
Information from insurance companies, and auto recyclers, including junk and salvage yards, that is required by law to be reported to the system, beginning March 31, 2009. This information will include if the vehicle was determined to be a “total loss” by an insurance carrier.
Information from junk and salvage yards receiving a “cash for clunker” vehicle traded-in under the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act of 2009 (CARS) Program.
Consumers are advised to visit www.vehiclehistory.gov for details on how to interpret the information in the system and understand the meaning of various labels applied to vehicles by the participating state motor vehicle titling agencies.
VinAudit.com Disclaimer
The title records, junk/salvage/insurance records, and reported vehicle brands listed in the “Problem Check” section is compiled from data in NMVTIS. This vehicle history data is passed from our connection with AAMVA to our servers, which serves this report to your browser. This process of compiling the report through our connection with NMVTIS has been tested and approved by AAMVA. However, VinAudit.com neither enters nor validates the data in NMVTIS, so VinAudit.com does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the data presented.
The vehicle specifications presented are based on a decoding the VIN number (which statically identifies the vehicle’s manufacturer and description). Hence, it will not reflect specific modifications made to this particular vehicle over the course of its existence. Furthermore, the accuracy of this decoding is not guaranteed.
Please refer to www.vinaudit.com/terms for the full Terms and Conditions of this report.

 


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Government Records and Your Privacy

1. Introduction

Government records are public in order to enable citizens to monitor their government and to ensure accountability in a democratic society. The challenge to policymakers is to balance the public’s right to information with the individual’s right to privacy.

Virtually every major change in life is recorded somewhere in a government document. Shortly after you are born, a birth certificate is issued.  If you obtain a driver’s license, get married, buy a house, file a lawsuit–all of these events are recorded in public documents easily available to you and to others.

2. Public Records

Note: Most of the information in this section is specific to California.  Other states may vary in how they regulate access to public records.

Public records are just that–public. There are few, if any, restrictions on the release of this information. For example, information from public records is frequently obtained by direct marketers. (See PRC Fact Sheet 4: Junk Mail: How Did They Get My Address?) Public records may also be used by private investigators, attorneys, law enforcement officials and other government agencies. In fact, as more public records are posted online, anyone with a computer and Internet access can easily compile detailed profiles on individuals.

The most common California government records containing personal information are listed below:

Your California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) driver’s license file contains:

  • Your name
  • Birth date
  • Home and mailing addresses
  • License number
  • Physical description
  • Social Security number
  • Failures to appear in court
  • Failures to pay traffic fines
  • License status (valid, revoked, suspended, expired)
  • Major traffic convictions for the past seven years
  • Minor traffic convictions for the past three years

The DMV also keeps files of vehicle registrations which include:

  • Name of the person who owns the vehicle
  • Residential and mailing addresses of the registered owner
  • Vehicle year, make and body style
  • Year the vehicle was bought by the current owner and previous owners’ names and addresses going back three years
  • License plate number; vehicle identification number
  • Name of the lien-holder if the loan for the vehicle has not yet been paid in full

DMV files are routinely consulted by employers, insurance companies, attorneys and private investigators. They used to be sold to marketers, but access has been restricted since 1990.

Confidential portions of your file include medical information, home address and Social Security number. Even though it is considered confidential, in some specific instances your home address can be released to insurance companies, banks, attorneys and process servers.

The DMV also releases information to “casual requesters.” However, the requester must apply to the main DMV office in Sacramento and explain the purpose of the request and potential uses of the information. Each request is reviewed by DMV to determine that the purpose of requesting the information is for a legitimate us. http://www.dmv.ca.gov/forms/inf/inf70.htm.

Your Social Security number is required to receive or renew your driver’s license.  This information is considered confidential. The law allows SSNs to be used for tax administration purposes, collecting government fines, and helping track down parents who have not made court-ordered child support payments.

The California driver’s license looks very similar to a plastic credit card with a magnetic “stripe” on the back. The “stripe” holds information which can be read by special scanners. Currently the information on the stripe is the same as the front of the license. It can be used by law enforcement officers to print traffic tickets and by retailers to record information when a customer pays by check. Some privacy advocates are concerned that the magnetic stripe makes it easier for merchants to establish computerized data banks about their customers, and thereby poses a threat to personal privacy.

In California, Civil Code 1798.90.1 prohibits bars, car dealers and others from collecting personal information by swiping the magnetic stripe for purposes other than verifying age or the authenticity of the driver’s license, or preventing fraud.

One court has ruled that the federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (18 U.S.C. 2721-2725) allows states to turn over their entire DMV database to certain private entities, including research companies, online database operators, grocery chains, insurance companies, employee screening services, technology businesses and consulting companies. The court held that these entities, which buy DMV records in bulk, are making a permissible use of the information.  Taylor v. Acxiom Corp.(5th Circ., July 14, 2010).

Voting records are kept at the County Clerk’s or Registrar of Voters office and at the California Secretary of State office. California voter records are available to four categories of users: election/political, scholarly, journalistic, or governmental purpose. Requesters must apply to the California Secretary of State or the county elections office for the records and must certify the purpose for their request.

The state offers the Safe at Home program to provide confidential address protection for individuals who must keep their home address private because of personal safety issues. Victims of domestic violence and stalking, employees and volunteers of reproductive health care clinics, and others whose safety is at risk can apply for the California Safe at Home program. For more information, call the California Secretary of State at (877) 322-5227, www.casafeathome.org . At least 28 states offer similar confidentiality programs (See National Network to End Domestic Violence’s list of state confidentiality programs).

Birth certificates are on file in the county in which the birth occurred and at theOffice of Vital Records in Sacramento. Birth records usually contain the name of the child, date and time of birth, the city and the hospital in which the child was born, the parents’ names, the attending physician’s name and various signatures. Birth records housed in the State Vital Records Office are public and can be ordered by anyone with sufficient identifying information (See CA State Vital Record’s explanation of Authorized Copy vs. Informational Copy). County records may be confidential and available only to the subject of the record or by court order. Confidentiality policies differ by county.

Marriage certificates are usually filed in the County Clerk’s office where the marriage application was filed and in the State Vital Records office in Sacramento. An index is available to the public. It contains the bride and groom’s names, the county where the application was filed and the date of the marriage.

In California a couple may file for a confidential marriage certificate which is not placed in the index and is not a public record. A confidential marriage license is open only to the bride and groom or by court order.

Death certificates are also public documents. They are usually kept on file in the county in which the death occurred at the County Clerk’s office. The State Registrar’s office in Sacramento also maintains these files. An index of death certificates is available to the public. It contains the name of the person who died, where the death occurred, the date and the person’s Social Security number.

Property records are open for public inspection. When you purchase a home or other real estate, a record of the transaction is made by the County Assessor’s office and the County Recorder’s office. The files maintained by the Assessor, Tax Collector and/or Recorder contain the location of the property, current owner’s name, address and previous owners’ names, dates of sale, description of the property and the approximate value of the real estate holding. These files are increasingly made available on the Internet by county government agencies and by information brokers.

Court records, unless they involve a juvenile, are usually public. Superior, municipal and small claims court records are kept in the court clerk’s office. The court clerk maintains an index of civil and criminal cases which is filed in alphabetical order by the names of the parties involved. Case files can be retrieved under the name of either the plaintiff or the defendant. They contain the initial complaint, the defendant’s answer and motions filed in the case. Case files may also contain evidence or exhibits that were used in court. Court records are increasingly available on the Internet.

A person involved in a lawsuit can ask the judge to have parts of a case file “sealed.” If the judge consents to seal parts of the record, that portion is no longer open to public viewing. In criminal cases, probation reports, medical information and psychiatric information are removed from the file before it is made available to the public.

The National Center for State Courts has information on state policies for public access to court records on its website at http://www.ncsc.org/topics/access-and-fairness/privacy-public-access-to-court-records/state-links.aspx?cat=Privacy%20Policies%20for%20Court%20Records.

Divorce records are public documents and are usually considered part of court files. They are filed at the Superior Court clerk’s office of the county in which the divorce was granted.

Arrest records are public records. They may include detailed information about the person arrested, the incident leading to the arrest and the victim. These records can be closed if their release would endanger an ongoing investigation or public safety. If the person arrested is found innocent of the charges, he or she may ask to have the record sealed and claim they have never been arrested.

Postal address information is not a matter of public record through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). However, the information from postal Change of Address forms is available to many people. The Change of Address form carries a notice that the information you provide may be used by others. USPS assumes you have read this warning and consent to the release of your information.

If you move and fill out a Change of Address form (USPS Form 3575), the information is sold by USPS to mailing list, direct mail and credit bureau companies through its National Change of Address (NCOA) system to help mailers update their lists. However, temporary address changes are not included in the NCOA database.

If you file a Change of Address form, USPS will release your new address to those who send you first class mail at the old address for up to 12 months — shorter forwarding limits for magazines and other non-first class mail. Victims of a threatening situation can prevent the release of his or her new address by obtaining a temporary restraining order or court order and presenting it to the Postal Service.

USPS mails a confirmation of the new address to both your new and old addresses. This is a precaution in case an identity thief has fraudulently forwarded your mail to another address. See PRC’s Fact Sheets 17: Copying with Identity Theft: Reducing Your Risk of Fraud and 17a: Identity Theft: What to Do if it Happens to You.

Local post offices will release Change of Address forms to someone presenting a subpoena or court order, to a law enforcement or government official for authorized purposes, or to someone who is certified to serve legal documents.

3. Confidential Records

Some records kept by government agencies are considered confidential. For example, your tax records are private. You may have access to your Internal Revenue Service file but others do not. The following are some common government records which are confidential.

Social welfare information such as Medicare records and Social Securityinformation is generally confidential. However, social service agencies must supply a list of benefit recipients and their Social Security numbers to tax authorities.

In addition, the federal government has a computer matching program which allows agencies to compare computerized records to verify eligibility or compliance with benefit programs. This program is also used to collect debts owed to the government or unpaid child support. If you apply for benefits, you must be told that the matching program is being used. No one can be denied benefits based solely on the results of information obtained through matching.

Tax information, both federal and state, is not a public record. It is not disclosed unless:

  • The taxpayer is part of a court proceeding where tax issues are relevant
  • A government agency is trying to locate a parent who owes child support payments
  • State financial aid programs have been requested
  • It is for statistical use
  • Agencies request tax information for the purpose of tax administration

People who file joint returns have equal access to tax records. Federal law allows the Social Security Administration and the Department of Education access to tax records to withhold tax refunds if money is owed to the government.

School records are usually confidential. (See Fact Sheet 29: Privacy in Education: A Guide for Parents and Adult-Age Students.) Persons over age 18 must authorize the release of their school records before they can be viewed by others (including parents). The records of children under 18 years of age are under the control of their parents and/or guardians. The records can be releasedwithout consent only to:

  • The current school district
  • A school district to which the student is transferring
  • State or federal education authorities
  • State or federal financial aid programs
  • Law enforcement officials for “child welfare” protection
  • Or upon a judge’s order for release

Parents have the right to inspect all records a school has about their child if the child is under 18, and to request that any errors be corrected. In California, noncustodial parents and foster parents have the right to view a child’s records. However, only custodial parents may challenge its content or consent to its release. Adult students have the same rights as parents of minor students.

Schools must keep a log, open only to parents and school officials, which lists those who have received information from a student’s record and how the information was used.

The school may release directory information about students. But parents (or the student if over 18) must be notified as to the type of information to be released. Parents have the right to block the release of the information by notifying the school of their objection. Usually a notice dealing with this issue is sent home at the beginning of the school year. (See the legal citation for the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, at the end of this publication.)

Public library records are confidential under the California Public Records Act. All registration and circulation records of any library which receives public funds may only be disclosed for library employees to do their job, by order of a superior court, or if the person authorizes the release.

Confidential data includes information provided to receive a library card and a list of the materials that have been borrowed. Records of fines and statistical reports are not confidential. Privately-funded libraries may not have the same privacy protection as those which receive public funds. You may want to request a copy of the facility’s policies.

Criminal history information compiled by local and state criminal justice departments is not public in California. “Rap” sheets (records of arrests and prosecutions) can only be accessed by:

  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Attorneys working on a case involving the individual
  • The subject of the information
  • Probation or parole officers
  • A state agency which needs the information to license an individual
  • Employers, under limited circumstances authorized by law

With the increasing computerization of records, however, information brokers are able to compile what amounts to a “rap sheet” by searching arrest records and court files that are public records. This information is sometimes used by employers to run background checks on prospective employees. Such records can be obtained from Internet-based information broker services.

4. Federal Privacy Laws

The two main federal privacy laws are the Privacy Act of 1974 and the Freedom of Information Act. They apply only to federal government agencies. At first glance, the two laws seem diametrically opposed. The Privacy Act deals with keeping government records about individuals confidential, and the Freedom of Information Act is commonly used to pry open government files. However, these laws are attempts to balance the public’s right to know about the actions of government with the rights of an individual to retain his or her privacy. (Legal cites are located at the end of this guide.)

The Privacy Act gives an individual the right to:

  • See and copy files that the federal government maintains on him or her
  • Find out who else has had access to the information
  • And request a change in any information that is not accurate or relevant

A government agency is required to:

  • Respond to a request for information within 10 days; notify the public about the types of files they maintain via the Federal Register; inform the public how they use the information; make sure the information in files is relevant
  • Not use the information for any purpose other than the one for which it was initially collected

Government files on an individual may be opened to others in a few cases including:

  • A purpose similar to the original reason for collecting the information
  • For statistical research
  • For law enforcement purposes
  • When ordered by a court
  • If it is medically necessary for the requester to have access to the information

There is no central index of federal government records about individuals. If you want to look at your records, you must first identify which agency has them. Then use the Privacy Act to ask to see your files. The agency must respond to your request within 10 days. You may be charged a “reasonable” fee for copying the file.

You may be denied access to government records about you if they involve:

  • Law enforcement activities
  • The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • Litigation
  • Civil service exams (to the extent access would affect the fairness of the tests)
  • Confidential government sources

If you are denied access to your records, you can appeal in court. You may also take a government agency to court if you believe it has improperly disclosed information about you or if you want to block impending disclosures.

The Freedom of Information Act was designed to help individuals obtain information about the actions of government. It requires that citizens be given access to government records unless disclosure involves:

  • Litigation
  • The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • Internal agency memos
  • Personnel matters
  • Trade secrets
  • Classified documents
  • Law enforcement activities
  • Confidential government sources
  • Violating an individual’s privacy interests
  • Civil service exams (to the extent it would affect the fairness of the tests)

The agency has 20 days to make a determination on a request for access. If you are denied, you may appeal the denial either within the agency itself or in court.
5. California Privacy Laws

California has two state laws which are similar to federal privacy legislation: the Information Practices Act and the Public Records Act. (The legal citations are found at the end of this guide.)

The California Information Practices Act applies only to state agencies. It is similar to the federal Privacy Act and gives individuals access to information about them held by state agencies. However, the Information Practices Act does not require the state to publish a list of the type of records agencies create.

If you request information, the state agency must respond within 30 to 60 days. You can be denied access to your records for the same reasons as under the Privacy Act. If a request is denied, you must be told the reason for the denial. You can appeal the decision in court.

If you find incorrect information in a record the state keeps about you, you have the right to amend your file. The agency must note in the record that you dispute its accuracy.

The Information Practices Act does not cover city or county government records. Local governments are free to make their own laws in this area.

The California Public Records Act is similar to the federal Freedom of Information Act and covers state, city and county boards, special districts, commissions, agencies and school districts. With a few exceptions, all records from these bodies are considered public documents. The major exemptions from public disclosure include:

  • Personnel matter
  • Medical records
  • Tax records
  • Litigation
  • Public library records
  • Preliminary drafts, notes, or memos
  • Complaints or investigations by law enforcement authorities unless the person requesting the information is involved in the crime or suspected crime
  • Information which would compromise civil service exams

If you request information under the California Public Records Act, the agency must let you know within 10 days that it has received your request. If your request is denied, you must be notified within 10 days and given the reason the information is not being released. You have the right to appeal such decisions in court.

6. Policy Considerations

Traditionally, public records were obtained by visiting the appropriate government agency and inspecting or copying them there. But Internet access to government records is increasing. Consumers should be aware of the growing public policy debate over the availability of government records online. While such records have always been public, Internet access is making them easier to gather and compile, both by individual citizens and by a variety of institutional users. Information brokers, direct marketers, employers, private investigators, law enforcement officers and other government agencies are finding new ways to use this information.

Should public records, including sensitive court files like divorce records and insurance cases containing medical information, be freely available by anyone via the Internet? The issue of online access to public records will be an increasingly significant privacy concern in the coming years. For additional information on this matter, read the PRC’s Public Records on the Internet: the Privacy Dilemma andThe Privacy Advisor (May 1, 2012) Assessing Public Information in the Digital Age.

7. Resources

The information in this Fact Sheet covers only the most common government records. There are a number of other government agencies that may contain information about you. For example, various local, state and federal agencies license individuals for certain professions, and many of these records are open to the public.

A useful guide to federal government information is Your Right to Federal Records, GSA Federal Citizen Information Center (November 2009).www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cic_text/fed_prog/foia/foia.htm

The California Public Records Act is explained in Access to Public Records in California,” Citizen Media Law Project www.citmedialaw.org/legal-guide/california/access-public-records-california

Individuals may obtain a copy of their criminal record by writing to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Include a letter stating why you are making the request, a set of fingerprints and a money order (no checks) for $18. Mail to: FBI, Criminal Justice Information Services Div., 1000 Custer Hollow Rd., Clarksburg, WV 26306. Telephone: (304) 625-3878. Web: www.fbi.gov/hq/cjisd/fprequest.htm

Individuals who do not have a criminal record can make a request under the Freedom of Information Act to determine if the FBI has compiled information about them. The request must be in writing and should include a complete name, address, date and place of birth and notarized signature. It should be sent to FBI, Freedom of Information Privacy Section, at the same address and telephone number as the previous paragraph.

On the state level, to receive a copy of your “rap” sheet (record of arrests and prosecutions), contact the California Attorney General. Write to: California Department of Justice, Record Review Unit, P.O. Box 903417, Sacramento, CA 94203-7410. Telephone: (916) 227-3832. Send a $25 for the processing fee, plus 10-print fingerpint card, name, date of birth, gender, address, and letter stating purpose of request. Web: http://ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/security.php.

For additional information on California birth, death and marriage certificates, contact: Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Public Health, Office of Vital Records, P.O. Box 997410, Sacramento, CA 95899-7410. Telephone: (916) 445-2684 (recorded message). Web:http://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Pages/ContactUs.aspx

Legal citations for federal and state laws on government records are as follows:

Federal laws: (www.law.cornell.edu/uscode)

Privacy Act of 1974, 5 USC, § 552a.
Freedom of Information Act, 5 USC, § 552.
Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 USC § 1232

California state laws: (www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html)

Information Practices Act, Calif. Civil Code, § 1798.
Public Records Act, Calif. Government Code, § 6250.

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The Tesla showroom at the Natick Mall has an electric car on display.

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The Tesla showroom at the Natick Mall has an electric car on display.

Across from the Victoria’s Secret at the upscale Natick Mall is the kind of stylish storefront where you would expect to buy designer jeans, boutique jewelry, and chic accessories.

But the expensive bauble on sale in this storefront is a car — the super-sleek, super-fast Tesla electric vehicle. And the Natick outpost may just be the car showroom of the future, as Tesla plans to soon introduce a midpriced model intended to broaden its appeal among car buyers.

That is, if Tesla wins its pitched battle with Massachusetts auto dealers over the right to sell its vehicles directly to the public from a comfy store, or over the Internet, rather than through a traditional car dealership, as usually required.

On Tuesday, the fight landed the two sides before the state Legislature, where Tesla and local auto dealers, through their state association, asked lawmakers to legislate the terms of car buying in Massachusetts in their respective favors.

The hearing Tuesday on Beacon Hill featured polar policies: one bill that would expressly outlaw Tesla’s direct-to-consumer sales model, and another that would legalize it.

“It really comes down to consumer choice,” said Natick state Representative David Linsky, who is sponsoring the pro-Tesla bill. “What delivers the best deal, the best service for the consumer? Let’s let the market determine it.”

Elon Musk is chief executive of Tesla, which is fighting battles in other states that have franchise laws like the one in Massachusetts.

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Elon Musk is chief executive of Tesla, which is fighting battles in other states that have franchise laws like the one in Massachusetts.

The outcome of the case could help shape how consumers go about buying cars, holding out the prospect that it someday may be as easy as, say, going to the Apple store to order a new laptop.

The dealer franchise law was adopted to protect local car sellers from undue pressure from the major automakers by, for example, preventing manufacturers from opening their own nearby car lots and underselling their own dealers.

Robert F. O’Koniewski, executive vice president of the Massachusetts State Auto Dealers Association, said the law protects consumers because it encourages car sellers to compete with each other; allowing a carmaker to act as its own dealer would eliminate the dynamic of competition within the brand.

And all Tesla has to do, O’Koniewski said, is join the crowd and sell its cars through the independent dealer system.

“This has nothing to do with trying to prevent them from doing business in the Commonwealth,” O’Koniewski said. “It has everything to do with following the law, like the other 412 dealers have to do and the other 25 manufacturers have to do.”

But Tesla counters that independently owned dealers are in effect exerting a monopoly on car sales in Massachusetts. James C. Chen, the company’s vice president of regulatory affairs, told lawmakers Tuesday that Tesla might shift to a franchised dealership model in the future, but for now the 10-year-old company only makes 21,000 cars per year — not nearly enough to support a network of dealerships selling Teslas exclusively.

That means a dealer would have to sell Teslas alongside gas-powered vehicles, which sets up a conflict of interest, Chen argued.

“There is a financial disincentive for them to sell electric vehicles, versus their internal combustion engine vehicles,” he said. “To tout the benefits of an electric car would naturally denigrate the incumbent technology.”

This is the second major debate in the past year in Massachusetts about competition in the auto industry. The “right to repair” battle pitted auto manufacturers against independent mechanics over access to diagnostic and repair information, which now must be made available through a universal system by 2018. Proponents argued it was unfair for carmakers to monopolize that information and force consumers to bring their vehicles to auto dealers, where manufacturers would receive a slice of the repair bill.

Tesla, meanwhile, is fighting similar battles in many other states that have franchise laws like the one in Massachusetts. The company is also dealing with a troublesome setback, as federal safety inspectors on Tuesday launched an investigation into whether Tesla’s Model S electric car is vulnerable to fires because roadway debris can pierce the car’s underbody and battery — igniting fires in two Model S cars recently.

The lower-powered Tesla begins at around $70,000 and can top $120,000 with a larger battery and the kind of luxury amenities found in cars made by Jaguar and BMW.

Despite its price tag, the Tesla Model S has wowed car aficionados and industry reviewers with its super-fast performance, super-sleek design, and high-tech interior. No less a gimlet eye than Consumer Reports earlier this year gave the Model S a near-perfect rating — 99 out of 100 — and described the car’s performance as “a silent yet potent surge of power that will make many sports cars weep with envy.”

The higher-powered version can travel about 265 miles on a single charge and recovers about 30 miles for every hour of charging with a traditional plug.

Supercharging stations, which Tesla is building at highway rest stops across the country — with two in Connecticut — can provide a simple repower in less than an hour.

The company plans within the next few years to unveil a more affordable car that it expects will start at about $35,000, though a firm release date has not been set. More immediately, Tesla will again try to push the futuristic envelope with its Model X SUV, scheduled for next year at a similar price as the Model S. The Model X will feature “falcon wing” doors that open vertically.

The Tesla’s performance is one of the reasons Hingham resident Laura Burns bought the Model S. But she said the best part was the direct-buying experience.

“There may be people who like to haggle with dealers, but I don’t know any,” she said. “Most people hate it. The experience was night and day.”

Callum Borchers can be reached at callum.borchers@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @callumborchers.

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Can I make a down payment and then pay monthly for the dealer bond?

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The DMV needs the OL-25 form signed – what is this and where do I get it?

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How long does it take to receive the initial dealer bond quote?

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What if I have had some credit issues (bankruptcies, short-sales, foreclosures, etc.)

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The two (2) most time-consuming steps of the car dealer licensing process are:

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Assembly Bill 1215 required California car dealers to properly disclose vehicle history information before their customers purchase a car. Seeking a low-cost compliance solution, over 500 used car dealers in California have chosen VinAudit.com as their exclusive source for vehicle history reports.

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THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED AS PART OF THE APPLICATION PACKAGE:
• Used Vehicle Dealer or Dealer Wholesale-Only license only
− The original Certiicate of Completion issued by a dealer education program provider
− Proof of successfully passing the Used Dealer Test administered by DMV
• Corporation, Limited Liability Company, or Limited Liability Partnership Owned Businesses Only
A copy of the Articles of Incorporation, Corporate Minutes, or other document iled with the Secretary of State
which identiies the officers, share holders and managers, if iling as a Corporation, Limited Liability Company or
Limited Liability Partnership owned business only.
• Copy of your Fictitious Name Statement
Any business that operates under a name not the actual name of the owner is required to obtain a Fictitious
Name Statement from the city or county in the area where your business is located. If the responsible agency
determines this is not required, a letter supporting such from that agency is needed.
• Copy of lease or rental agreement
• Copy of Your City and/or County Business License
Applicants are required to obtain a city or county business license by the city or county licensing section in the
area where your business is located.
• Copy of Board of Equalization Resale Permit
All applicants are required to ile an application for a Seller’s Permit. The purpose of the permit is to enable the
licensee to collect taxes on sales. A dealer-wholesale only does not collect taxes but is required to ile quarterly
reports. Applications can be made through local State Board of Equalization offices.
• Photograph(s) of Business Location
• Letter of Authorization
Required for new trailer dealers only. The letters of authorization must be on the issuing manufacturers,
distributors, or remanufacturers letterhead and must show either the business or corporate name and address
of the firm exactly as it appears on the application. A letter of authorization is required for each make being sold.

NOTE: Incomplete applications will be returned.

 

 

 

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Vehicle Dealer Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are the most frequently asked questions. This list is not all inclusive nor is it intended to be.

If you have any questions, please contact your local DMV Inspector or call (916) 229-3126.

Where can I obtain application forms?

All application forms and further licensing information can be downloaded from the

Apply For An Original page.


Who do I contact to get a dealer’s license?

You may obtain the necessary information and application to apply for a dealer’s license from any DMV Inspector in your area,

or see Vehicle Dealer’s License Forms page.

Applications for a used vehicle dealer’s license, or wholesale only dealers license,

will not be accepted by the DMV Inspectors without proof of completion of the Used Vehicle Dealer Education Program

and proof of successfully passing the dealer examination or proof of being licensed as a vehicle dealer within the past 36 months.

For testing appointments and information regarding a dealers license, please call one of the DMV Inspectors in your area.


Where do I file my application?

Application packages for vehicle dealers are submitted to your local DMV Inspector.


Where do I call if I have questions?

If you have general licensing questions you may call (916) 229-3126.


What is an abbreviated application?

An abbreviated application allows applicants, with conviction(s), to discover if a license will be issued or reissued

without incurring the possible unnecessary expenses of obtaining a bond,

establishing a place of business and/or attending a dealer education program.

See Abbreviated Applications page.


What is the New Motor Vehicle Board Function?

The New Motor Vehicle Board (NMVB) operates in a quasi-judicial capacity to resolve disputes (protests)

between franchised new vehicle dealers (vehicle, motorcycle, ATV, and recreational vehicle) and manufacturers.

These disputes typically concern franchise terminations or modifications,

establishments or relocations of a same line-make franchise within the dealer’s relevant market area (10 air miles),

and reimbursement for warranty or franchisor incentive program payments.

The NMVB also hears and considers appeals presented by a new vehicle dealer or manufacturer

after any final decision of the Director of the department that adversely affects the occupational license of the appellant,

such as the suspension or revocation of the license. Vehicle Code sections 507, 3050-3079.

Lastly, there is a Consumer Mediation Services Program that attempts through informal mediation

to resolve disputes between consumers and new vehicle dealers and manufacturers.


Who is the New Motor Vehicle Board?

The New Motor Vehicle Board consists of nine members. Four of the appointed members are new motor vehicle dealers,

engaged in business for a period of not less than five years preceding their appointment.

The remaining five appointed members are public members not affiliated with any licensed dealer.


How long will it take for the department to process my application?

The average time for processing an application may be up to 120 days

to allow the department time for background check and processing of the license.


Does the department issue temporary permits?

Pending the satisfaction of the department that the applicant has met the requirements for the license,

the department may issue a temporary permit for a period not to exceed 120 days while it completes its investigation

and determination of all facts relative to the qualifications of the applicant for the license. CVC Section 11719


What is the license renewal period?

The vehicle dealer license is renewed annually for the first year after receiving the original license;

and then biannually based on the month the original license was issued.

Renewals should be made before the expiration of the license.

If you do not renew your license before it expires, you may renew your license within thirty (30) days

following the expiration date by paying the renewal fee and a penalty equal to 100 percent of the original application fee.

Renewals will not be accepted for licenses that have been expired for more than 30 days. CVC Section 11717(d).


How do I renew my license?

About 90 days before the expiration of your license you should receive a courtesy notice for renewal.

After you complete the courtesy notice, you will need to mail your renewal form and fees to:

Department of Motor Vehicles
Occupational Licensing
P.O. Box 932342 MS L224
Sacramento, CA 94232-3420

If you do not receive a courtesy notice please call (916) 229-3126

or you may download the renewal form from the Renew Your License page.


How do I get additional plates, replacement plates, stickers only, or a duplicate registration card?

You will need to fill out form OL 22 for additional plates,

replacement plates, stickers only, or a duplicate registration card.


What happens to my supplies if I cease doing business?

When licensed dealers cease doing business, or a bond,

cancelled by the Surety Company is not reinstated by the cancellation date,

the dealers shall immediately surrender the business license, special plates, registration cards,

and all report of sale books to the DMV Inspector Office.


What happens if there is a change in ownership?

When a licensed dealer has an ownership change,

all supplies must be surrendered to the Department of Motor Vehicles

and the submission of an original application for license is required.

A new application will require the submission of new fees and a new bond.


How do I make a change to my existing license?

When a licensed dealer changes location, adds a branch office, changes the firm name,

or makes a change in the corporate structure,

the licensee must immediately notify the DMV Inspector,

and submit the appropriate forms and fees for the change.

Licensed dealer changes matrix
Type of Change Required Forms Fees
Officer change OL 15OL 29, Copy of Corporate Minutes or Statement of Officers stamped by the Secretary of States Office, and Fingerprint Live Scan receipt $70
Name change OL 21OL 124, Certificate of Appointment, Corporate Minutes, Bond Rider $70
Address change OL 21OL 124OL 902, copy of lease or rental agreement $70
Add a branch OL 21OL 124OL 902, copy of lease or rental agreement $70$225 for New Motor Vehicle Board (if applicable)

Note: OL124 is needed only if new cars, new motorcycles, new ATV’s, new recreational trailers, or new motor homes are being sold.


Are there any signs I must post?

Yes. Along with the “Established Place of Business” Sign,

you will need the following posted on the premises:

“…in a space conspicuous to the public in each and every location,

the license issued by the department to the dealer and to each salesman employed by that dealer” CVC section 11709(a)

Every dealer who displays or offers one or more used vehicles for sale at retail shall post a notice

not less than 8 inches high and 10 inches wide, in a place conspicuous to the public, which states the following:

“The prospective purchaser of a vehicle may,

at his or her own expense and with the approval of the dealer,

have the vehicle inspected by an independent third party either on or off these premises.” CVC section 11709

Additionally, every dealer shall conspicuously display a notice not less than eight inches high and 10 inches wide,
in each sales office and sales cubicle of a dealer’s established place of business
where written terms of specific sale or lease transactions are discussed with prospective purchasers or lessees,
and in each room of a dealer’s established place of business where sale and lease contracts are regularly executed,
which states the following:

“There Is No Cooling-Off Period Unless You Obtain A Contract Cancellation Option.”

California law does not provide for a “Cooling-off” or cancellation period for vehicle lease or purchase contracts.

Therefore, you cannot later cancel such a contract simply because you change your mind,

decide the vehicle cost too much, or wish you had acquired a different vehicle.

After you sign a motor vehicle purchase or lease contract,

it may only be canceled with the agreement of the seller or lessor for legal cause, such as fraud.

However, California law does require a seller to offer a 2 day contract cancellation option

on used vehicles with a purchase price of less than $40,000,

subject to certain statutory conditions.

This contract cancellation option requirement does not apply to the sale of a motorcycle or an off-highway motor vehicle

subject to identification under California law.

See the vehicle contract cancellation option agreement for details. CVC section 11709


For what purpose may special plates be used?

Refer to California Code of Regulations, Title 13 Motor Vehicles Division 1, Chapter 1, Article 3.3.


How do I report a possible unlicensed dealer?

Whenever a licensed dealer has grounds to suspect that a person or persons are engaging in the buying and selling of vehicles as outlined in CVC Section 285 ,

without having first obtained a license from the Department of Motor Vehicles,

the dealer or their authorized representative should file a written complaint

with the local Department of Motor Vehicles Investigative Service Office.


Who do I call for registration questions?

If you have a question relating to registration processing please call the Registration Unit at 1 (800) 777-0133.

You may also contact your local Department of Motor Vehicles Field Office , Registration Section.


Are there exclusions for a dealer license?

Yes. The exclusions for a vehicle dealer license are listed in CVC Section 286.


What is the Used Vehicle Dealer Education Program?

The California Vehicle Code requires certain applicants to successfully complete a

Used Vehicle Dealer Education Program.

The purpose is to ensure that applicants for used vehicle dealer licenses are aware of the laws and regulations

governing the operation of a used vehicle dealership in California.


What is a Used Vehicle Dealer Education Program Provider?

Used Vehicle Dealer Education Program Provider

 is a private vendor who has been authorized by the DMV

to instruct potential applicants for a used vehicle dealer license

on laws and regulations governing the operation of a used vehicle dealership in California.


Who is required to successfully complete a Used Vehicle Dealer Education Program course?

The following applicants must comply with the education and testing requirements:

  • Sole owner
  • All partners who manage the business
  • A corporate officer who manages the business
  • Limited liability company managing partners

Who is NOT required to successfully complete a Used Vehicle Dealer Education Program Provider course?

  • An applicant for a new vehicle dealer’s license or any employee of that dealer.
  • A person who holds a valid license as an automobile dismantler, an employee of that dismantler,
  • or an applicant for an automobile dismantler’s license.
  • An applicant for a motorcycle only dealer’s license or any employee of that dealer.
  • An applicant for a trailer only dealer’s license or any employee of that dealer.
  • An applicant for an all-terrain only dealer’s license or any employee of that dealer.

What will it cost me to attend a Used Vehicle Dealer Education Program course?

Each provider sets its own cost.

Contact the Used Vehicle Dealer Education Program Providers listed for the exact amount.


Where can I find a Used Vehicle Dealer Education Program Provider Course?

The DMV has approved the Used Vehicle Dealer Education Program Providers listed.

You may contact the program provider for information on courses in your area.

Other program providers may be approved in the future.


Where do I go after I successfully complete the Used Vehicle Dealer Education Program course?

After successfully completing the course you will be issued a completion certificate.

You must schedule an appointment with a DMV Inspector in your area to take the test.

The test consists of 40 questions and must be passed with at least 70% accuracy.

You must present your completion certificate, issued by the Used Vehicle Dealer Education Program Provider

and your current California Driver’s License or California Identification Card to take the test.


Is there a charge to take the test?

Yes, you will be charged $16 to take the test.

If you do not pass, you may retake the test after a seven (7) day waiting period.

You will be charged $16 each time the test is taken.


What if I cannot pass the test?

If, after three attempts, you cannot pass the test, you will be referred to the Used Vehicle Dealer Education Program Provider

listed on your completion certificate to determine if additional training is needed.


What is Live Scan and who is affected by it?

Select this link: Live Scan Fingerprinting Information Sheet.

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In order for a bond company to approve a vehicle dealer bond  of $10,000 or $50,000,

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If there are no negative items showing on your credit report and have a decent credit risk score,

you should not have any problems obtaining the bond.

You do not have to own real estate in order to obtain a vehicle dealer bond.

You will have problems obtaining the bond if you have any negative items showing on your credit report,

such as, bankruptcy, collect accounts, short sales, foreclosures, current past dues, etc.

It is possible to obtain the bond with other than perfect credit,

although the bond company may require financial statements (both personal & business statements),

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