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DMV Grinches

Sacramento – With the start of a new year soon, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is cautioning customers about a new scam involving false charges for services when applying for driver’s licenses.

“Paying someone who promises to speed up the process of obtaining a California driver license will only waste your time and money,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto.  “It is easy to get a new driver license by making a free appointment at your local DMV office, so do not waste your money paying anyone to help you.”

The scam comes with the passage of AB 60, which allows immigrants to get a driver’s license.  It involves charging to get your license earlier or translating identification documents.  Beginning January 2, 2015, the DMV will issue these licenses for a fee of $33.  The DMV stresses there are no other fees to be paid and to watch out for scams who try to convince you otherwise.

If you suspect a scam regarding the new driver license application process, contact the DMV fraud hotline at 1-866-658-5758, or report it by clicking here.