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Filing a False Application at the DMV

What is a False Application at the DMV?  –  Any California resident who holds a California Driver License is in possession of a governmental document that grants a wide range of privileges and makes the holder eligible for certain grants, benefits or programs specifically intended for those persons who live in California. The California Driver License is relied upon by financial institutes and banks to verify the true identity of a person applying for credit or loans. The Department of Social Services relies upon the California Driver License to establish residency in the State, which makes an applicant eligible for certain government programs or assistance.

Restauranteurs and bar owners rely upon the California Driver License to confirm that a patron in their establishment is old enough to purchase and consume alcohol. Finally, law enforcement agencies rely upon the California Driver License to confirm that the holder possesses the requisite skills and knowledge to drive a motor vehicle. Because there is so much trust placed in the validity and accuracy of the California Driver License, the process by which a person applies for the driver license must be trustworthy and accurate.

What is a False Application at the DMV?  –  Any California resident who holds a California Driver License is in possession of a governmental document that grants a wide range of privileges and makes the holder eligible for certain grants, benefits or programs specifically intended for those persons who live in California. The California Driver License is relied upon by financial institutes and banks to verify the true identity of a person applying for credit or loans. The Department of Social Services relies upon the California Driver License to establish residency in the State, which makes an applicant eligible for certain government programs or assistance. Restauranteurs and bar owners rely upon the California Driver License to confirm that a patron in their establishment is old enough to purchase and consume alcohol. Finally, law enforcement agencies rely upon the California Driver License to confirm that the holder possesses the requisite skills and knowledge to drive a motor vehicle. Because there is so much trust placed in the validity and accuracy of the California Driver License, the process by which a person applies for the driver license must be trustworthy and accurate.

It is common for unscrupulous people or those with criminal designs to attempt to circumvent the Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) application process to receive a California Driver License that they may not qualify to hold. Many times, people will present false information or identification in the application process in an attempt to receive a driver license that establishes a false identity.

Any person who knowingly and willingly files an application for the California Driver License that presents false, inaccurate or misleading information has committed an act of Fraud. A false application may contain any of the following: False name,  False date of birth,  False address or proof of residency and or False physical description (hair, eyes, height, weight).

What will the DMV do if I file a False Application for a Driver License?

If any person attempts to circumvent the DMV’s application process to fraudulently obtain a California Driver License, the DMV will identify the false application as Fraudulent Activity and will act quickly to sanction the applicant. The DMV may: Deny the issuance of the driver license;  Suspend or revoke the driver license if the applicant is applying for renewal and or In some instances, the DMV may refer the matter to the District Attorney’s Office for the filing of a criminal action. If the DMV denies, suspends or revokes a driver license for Fraudulent Activity, the applicant may not reapply for issuance for minimum of one-year.

How can I protect myself?

If you have received notification that the DMV suspects you of committing an act of fraud by filing a False Application, you must act quickly and correctly to protect your rights. Once the DMV issues a “Notice of Denial/Suspension/Revocation,” much of the damage is already done. The DMV has already conducted an internal investigation and has concluded there is sufficient evidence to take action against you.

If you have genuinely committed an act of fraud during the application process, you are still entitled to protect yourself. You are still entitled to force the DMV to prove its case.

If you are wrongly accused or if you genuinely made a mistake when filing an application that the DMV has misinterpreted as an act of fraud, you certainly want to exercise your rights and work aggressively to protect yourself.

In either instance, proper defense begins with the initial contact with the DMV. In most instances, a person has a limited period of time (normally 10 to 14) days to contact the Driver Safety Office to request an Administrative Hearing. Don’t attempt this on your own. DMV employees are notoriously unhelpful and will often act to dissuade a person from conducting a hearing by simply saying, “You can’t win.” To ensure that your case is handled correctly from the very beginning, call the DMV Defense Experts at California Drivers Advocates (CDA) to represent you. The staff at CDA uses a team approach to DMV defense. We are comprised of former police officers, DMV hearing officers, investigators and scientists. Our defense is professional, thorough and robust. Whatever training or experience your case requires, CDA can provide. Call us today.

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