[Nfbc-info] Can blind people own cars in California?

ckrugman at sbcglobal.net ckrugman at sbcglobal.net
Sat Sep 26 22:50:54 CDT 2009

While there have subsequent anecdotes about blind people owning cars in 
California the section of the California Vehicle Code showing the 
requirements that the DMV uses for registration is below. A driver's license 
or California identification card is required as shown. In reviewing this a 
second time it appears that this information about the California 
identification is optional.

4150.  Application for the original or renewal registration of a

vehicle of a type required to be registered under this code shall be

made by the owner to the department upon the appropriate form

furnished by it and shall contain all of the following:

(a) The true, full name, business or residence and mailing

address, and driver's license or identification card number, if any,

of the owner, and the true, full name and business or residence or

mailing address of the legal owner, if any.

(b) The name of the county in which the owner resides.

(c) A description of the vehicle, including the following data

insofar as they may exist:

(1) The make, model, and type of body.

(2) The vehicle identification number or any other identifying

number as may be required by the department.

(3) The date first sold by a manufacturer, remanufacturer, or

dealer to a consumer.

(d) Any other information that is reasonably required by the

department to enable it to determine whether the vehicle is lawfully

entitled to registration.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Caroline Buckley&Russell Jones" <emmett14 at verizon.net>
To: <nfbc-info at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Friday, September 25, 2009 6:41 PM
Subject: [Nfbc-info] Can blind people own cars in California?

Hello all!

I was shocked to find out the following information.

I am legally blind and therefore do not have a CA driver's license. I can 
not legally drive in the state of California or in any other state in our 
great country. I would, however, like to own a car here in California. I can 
purchace a car in California, but I cannot register it in my name. The 
reason? Since I do not have a CA driver's license, I cannot obtain 
automobile insurance. Since I cannot obtain automobile insurance, I cannot 
register a car in California.

Shocking, isn't it?

The state of California will only allow me to own a car if I do not register 

I cannot believe it.

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