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Insider says longer waits at DMV to come

Temporary employees get termination letters

Assembly Bill 60, which permits undocumented workers to get driver's licenses, went into effect on January 2 of last year. The bill had passed in 2013, allowing the Department of Motor Vehicles time to bulk up its workforce. It added a thousand full-time but limited-term employees and in a year and a half issued more than 700,000 licenses to people gaining eligibility under the new law.

DMV termination letter

Now, however, the rush has slowed down, and those workers have received termination notices saying they will lose their jobs on June 30.

According to the DMV, 235 of the original 1000 hires are being dismissed, including 32 from San Diego County; another 22 San Diegans will get other jobs within the DMV or elsewhere in state government. That's true of the 765 who are not getting termination letters; many are going by attrition (resignation, retirement, etc.), while others are taking other state jobs. (Many of them already had state jobs when they took the temporary DMV positions.)

One DMV employee thinks the terminations are overkill. "The waits in the field offices will substantially increase, and the processing times for everyone will increase," he says. The DMV denies that.

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Assembly Bill 60, which permits undocumented workers to get driver's licenses, went into effect on January 2 of last year. The bill had passed in 2013, allowing the Department of Motor Vehicles time to bulk up its workforce. It added a thousand full-time but limited-term employees and in a year and a half issued more than 700,000 licenses to people gaining eligibility under the new law.

DMV termination letter

Now, however, the rush has slowed down, and those workers have received termination notices saying they will lose their jobs on June 30.

According to the DMV, 235 of the original 1000 hires are being dismissed, including 32 from San Diego County; another 22 San Diegans will get other jobs within the DMV or elsewhere in state government. That's true of the 765 who are not getting termination letters; many are going by attrition (resignation, retirement, etc.), while others are taking other state jobs. (Many of them already had state jobs when they took the temporary DMV positions.)

One DMV employee thinks the terminations are overkill. "The waits in the field offices will substantially increase, and the processing times for everyone will increase," he says. The DMV denies that.

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First and foremost the DMV should have one line for illegal aliens. Let them wait for hours to get the licenses. The other lines should be reserved for US citizens and legal residents. "We the people" should have precedence over people who have no right to be here.

June 3, 2016

AlexClarke: The state legislature didn't feel the same way you do. Best, Don Bauder

June 3, 2016

John Oliver: You sound like a Donald Trump enthusiast. Best, Don Bauder

June 3, 2016

That's a nice way to put it Don.

June 3, 2016

MichaelValentine: Well, I am a nice guy. Ask anyone. Well, not anyone. Best, Don Bauder

June 3, 2016

Has the DMV ever been candid about its many shortcomings? Not that I can remember in fifty years of being a California resident and licensed driver. Thanks to the Auto Club, members (I am one) can transact most DMV business without setting foot into one of their offices. For a state operation that brings money into the state treasury, rather than disbursing it, it is remarkably dysfunctional. The lines, the employee attitudes and the overall appearance of the place are all total turnoffs. Since the department is in the business of picking your pocket, could it at least make the experience pleasant? Naw, nevahappen.

June 3, 2016

Visduh: It is true that DMV has a poor reputation. In my experience, it is deserved. Best, Don Bauder

June 3, 2016

Mike Murphy: Yes, it seems like a lot of the routine stuff could be handled online. I don't know if it is. Best, Don Bauder

June 3, 2016

maybe it is, but their "clientele" can't figure it out.

June 4, 2016

Murphyjunk: If something can be done online, you can be certain a lot of people will never figure it out. Best, Don Bauder

June 4, 2016

Albert Gutierrez Ga: I doubt that waits will double. Actually, they may not go up. Best, Don Bauder

June 3, 2016

Make an appointment before you go. It's a lot faster.

June 4, 2016

shirleyberan: Is it a good idea to be sober when taking the driver's test? Best, Don Bauder

June 4, 2016

Compare "level of service" over the history of the organization--any organization. Government agencies have a responsibility to maintain level-of-service more or less level over time. What was it say, in 1955, 1966, 1975, 1985, 1995, 2005, and 2015?

Corollary question: What was the cost of a UC system education from its inception to date, listing the changes at pertinent points between, citing the enabling legislation and legal or illegal (not to mention immoral) changes, if any, to the original charter(s).

June 4, 2016

Flapper: Get the answers to those two queries and send them here. Best, Don Bauder

June 4, 2016

It's a good idea to be younger too. Wonder if the test Q's are online now so I don't have to go get the booklet to study. Haven't been tested for years so I know it'll be coming up. Don, there's no age limit.

June 4, 2016

shirleyberan: When we are in our dotage, we are qualified to start kindergarten again. Best, Don Bauder

June 4, 2016

I just went through this gauntlet recently with an appointment for a replacement driver's license. No directional signs--utter confusion. Incompetent system design. Over an hour. The other poor bastards were facing 4 hours to infinity.

June 4, 2016

Flapper: One hears similar tales of agony at DMV. Best, Don Bauder

June 13, 2016

Mike Murphy: We don't use the word "wetbacks" any more. And we shouldn't. Best, Don Bauder

June 13, 2016

Mike Murphy II: I sense a bit of sarcasm there. Best, Don Bauder

June 13, 2016

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