Category: California News

Sacramento, California - The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced that the regulations governing how manufacturers can test autonomous vehicles on California roads went into effect today.

The regulations set rules for autonomous vehicle testing, insurance, registration and reporting by manufacturers. Today’s regulations only address manufacturer testing requirements; they do not address rules for operation of autonomous vehicles by the public. Rules governing public operation of autonomous vehicles are currently being developed by DMV.

“Autonomous vehicles are the future of transportation. The potential safety and mobility benefits are enormous,” said Jean Shiomoto, DMV Director, “Testing on public roads is one step to developing this technology, and the DMV is excited in facilitating the advancement of autonomous vehicles in California.”

DMV developed the autonomous vehicle testing regulations as mandated by Senate Bill 1298 (Vehicle Code Section 38750). Under the new regulations, vehicle manufacturers must obtain a testing permit from the DMV and comply with permit requirements when testing autonomous vehicles on California roads. DMV requirements for manufacturer testing include:

The adopted testing regulations, along with other information about the Autonomous Vehicle Tester Program, are also available on the DMV website: