D. O. "Spike" Helmick is the retired Commisioner of the California Highway Patrol

Spike Helmick, Retired CHP Commissioner

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Driver education has changed since we were children. Many public schools no longer offer driver education or driver training.

California DMV Information

The California DMV licenses both drivers and vehicles. This amounts to about approximately 20 million licensed drivers and 26 million vehicles registered.

The DMV has worked hard in recent years to overcome its reputation. The lines are shorter and the DMV has begun to offer many services online. If you do need to go into your local DMV office you can schedule an appointment online and save time when you arrive.

Many California drivers can now renew their drivers license online.

Many California drivers can now renew their automobile registration online.

You can now order special interest license plates online.

Other major DMV functions include:

  • Recording ownership (certificate of title) of the vehicles DMV registers
  • Maintaining driving records (accidents and convictions) of licensed drivers
  • Issuing identification cards for individuals
  • Registering and recording ownership of vessels
  • Licensing and regulating vehicle manufacturers, transporters, dealers, distributors, vehicle salespeople, and dismantlers
  • Licensing and regulating driving and traffic violator schools and their instructors
  • Administering the Financial Responsibility Law
  • Investigating consumer complaints
  • Maintaining records in accordance with the law
  • Collects approximately $5.9 billion in revenues annually

Please visit the California DMV website for complete information.

Law Enforcement Sites

The Official CHP WebSite

The CHP 11-99 Foundation was created to provide benefits to California Highway Patrol employees and their families

The California Association of Highway Patrolmen (CAHP) is a labor association whose primary purpose is to work for the benefit of all California Highway Patrol officers.

Other Sites

Mothers Against Drunk Driving