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See the wild censored license plates the California DMV rejected

Including BMWHNTR, GASPASR and 808B8D

Including BMWHNTR, GASPASR and 808B8D.

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At the nightmarish place that is the DMV, a clerk sleeps 3 hours a day

This might explain a lot

Yes, we all suspected this was happening at the DMV.

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California begins digital license plate pilot program

The $700 plate can display messages or used to track cars

After years in development, California is finally rolling out its digital license plate pilot program. Drivers can purchase and install plate that uses the same E Ink screen technology as an Amazon Kindle or various wearables. The new digital display was developed by Reviver Auto and replaces a traditional stamped plate. It's available for both consumer and commercial vehicles, though at a considerable cost.

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California DMV can now allow fully driverless car testing

But it may take a while before you see one in the wild

Automakers can now start testing fully driverless cars on California's roads. According to the state DMV's new regulations that became effective on April 2nd, it can now issue three types of autonomous vehicle testing permits. The first kind is the original one it approved years ago, which needs a driver behind the wheel, while the other two could pave the way for the release of Level 4 to 5 autonomous vehicles. See, the second type of permit it can dole out will allow automakers to test fully d

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Lyft wins permit to test self-driving cars in California

Lyft joins Uber, Tesla, Apple, Subaru, Samsung and others in getting the permit.

Uber has had its permit since March.

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California DMV investigates Uber's self-driving truck unit

Regulators want to know if the company formerly known as Otto has been testing illegally.

Uber says the trucks only test driver assist tech in California.

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Rebooted Apple program gets permit to test autonomous vehicles in California

Apple seems to be interested in autonomous tech, not building their own car.

The company will be using the 2015 Lexus RX540h as a test car.

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Celebrate America with these environmental license plates from almost every state

We've gone through every state DMV website to find you a way to show your green site.

We've collected the environmental and conservation license plates from all across the US. Turns out, not every state offers plates like these.

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Black-and-gold California license plates return after nearly 50 years

After a two-year pre-order program, the first batch of new black-and-gold California license plates in nearly 50 years are making their way to drivers. The tags start at $50 and can be ordered for any car, motorcycle, commercial vehicle, or trailer.

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Polaris Slingshot now banned in Connecticut, too

Connecticut is the latest state to decide that the Polaris Slingshot is not a motorcycle and therefore can't be registered for the road there. It appears that the only solution is for Polaris to go to the legislature to create a separate designation for vehicles like its three-wheeler.

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Why Texas won't let Polaris deliver Slingshots to its citizens

Texas might be known for the independent spirit of its people and for long stretches of high-speed open road, but prospective buyers of the Polaris Slingshot need to look elsewhere for their three-wheeled thrills. The state's Department of Motor Vehicles says that the sporty models cannot be registered there because they don't meet the definition of a motorcycle.

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Parents angry after motorist who ran over 3-year-old has tickets dismissed [w/video]

A Queens, New York couple is furious after the driver who ran over and killed their three-year-old daughter last year had the two citations stemming from the incident dismissed by a judge at the DMV in July. The family only recently learned about the lack of punishment in their little girl's death.

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California historical license plate reissues in jeopardy

California hands out its license plates differently than some other states. As opposed to the tag being associated with the owner and switching whenever the vehicle is sold; the plate belongs to the car and remains for its life in the Golden State. Over the decades, the Department of Motor Vehicles there has redesigned its plates going from black-over-yellow during some of the 1950s to yellow-over-black and eventually yellow-over-blue through the '70s and early '80s. We thought it was pretty coo

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Gender-nonconforming teen sues South Carolina DMV over driver's license photo

Back in June, we reported on the case of 16-year-old Chase Culpepper, a gender-nonconforming teen from South Carolina who was told that he had to remove his makeup – his "disguise," as the DMV employees called it – before being able to take his license picture. Now, he's suing the SCDMV in federal court through the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund.

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In Japan, wearing the wrong shoes can end a driver's license test

It's so easy to make fun of the Department of Motor Vehicles in the United States. Whenever folks return from renewing a license or getting new plates, everybody has a joke making fun of the long lines, prolonged waits or bored employees. But it looks like we in the US have it easy compared to the Japanese. Journalist Jacob M. Schlesinger recently chronicled the bureaucratic hell involved for an American to get a driver's license there on The Wall Street Journal Japan Realtime blog.

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SC DMV orders gender-nonconforming teen to remove makeup for driver's license photo [w/video]

Like so many people around the country, 16-year-old Chase Culpepper of South Carolina is preparing for a fight with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Culpeper's case, though, is more troubling than the norm.

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MV Agusta loses license to sell motorcycles in California

If you live in California and were planning on buying a new MV Agusta, we're afraid we've got some bad news for you. The Italian manufacturer has lost its license to sell its motorcycles in the Golden State.

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California DMV may have suffered credit card breach

Residents of California now have one more reason to dislike the Department of Motor Vehicles, thanks to a potential security breach with the its credit card processing systems. The warning came from unnamed "law enforcement authorities" as part of a press release from the DMV, which you can view below.

Child Charged With Careless Driving After She Crashed Mom's Car Into DMV

Ten-year-old turned on the car and switched it into neutral

Police charged a ten-year-old girl with careless driving after she put her mother's SUV into neutral, causing it to careen through a Department of Motor Vehicles office window in Parker, Colo.

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MI rejects 'War Sux,' 'INF1DL' license plates, ACLU lawsuit ensues [w/video]

Vanity plates are a great way to test a state's limits on freedom of expression, which makes them good kindling for lawsuits. The latest license litigation comes from Michigan, where the American Civil Liberties Union has brought suit on behalf of a plaintiff against the state for rejecting the plate "WAR SUX."

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