California Driver Handbook - New Laws
Effective January 1, 2013
Allows a person to provide, when requested by law enforcement, a paper version of proof of financial responsibility or an electronic version using a mobile electronic device.
Electronic Wireless Communications
Allows a driver 18 years of age or older to use an electronic wireless communications device that is designed and configured to allow voice-operated, hands-free operation to dictate, send, or listen to text-based communications when operating a vehicle.
Medical Reporting Changes for Firefighter Endorsement
Changes the requirement for firefighters to submit a Medical Examination Report (DL 51) from 4 years to 2 years. In addition, it allows noncommercially licensed firefighters to submit a self-certifying Health Questionnaire (DL 546).
New Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Sanctions
Eliminates the urine test as one of the three chemical tests to determine a driver's drug content when arrested for a DUI of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both, unless the individual:
- Is unable to provide a blood and/or breath sample
- Has a heart condition, or is taking anti-coagulate nar-
cotics as directed by a licensed physician.
- Is a hemophiliac.
High Occupancy Toll Lanes
Exempts low emission and hybrid vehicles eligible to use High Occupancy Vehicles (HOV) lanes from toll charges required on High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes, unless prohibited by federal law.
Obstruction or Alteration of License Plates
Prohibits the selling of a visual or electronic product or device that obscures the reading or recognition of a license plate. Also prohibits the operation of a vehicle with such a product or device.