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CA drivers could have more photos taken at the DMV for a price

DMV photo changes
Posted at 6:46 PM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-07 22:08:34-05

After getting your picture taken at the Department of Motor Vehicles, it can be a waiting game to see if you will love it or hate it,

California Asemblymen Phillip Chen has proposed Assembly Bll 2045,which would let drivers applying for a license have up to three photos taken of them in order to have more options.

"I think everybody somewhere along the line has taken a horrible ID picture and we all have wanted another chance to fix it," said William Batiste, a Santa Maria resident.

If enacted, the bill would be added to California's vehicle code, and states the DMV would have to ask for at least a $5.00 donation per photo.

According to the bill, the money gathered from the initiative would go to supporting driver education and training programs in the state.

Still, some say they would like to see even more freedom of choice.

"If they (the DMV), were taking the picture,.. no I would not like that, because their picture taking is not to par. If it was a personal photographer then sure why not," said Kimberly Corbin, a Nipomo resident.

Others see it differently.

"It's kind of one of those things you talk about that you wish you could re-take because it is something that you show when you go to places all the time and it is a little thing but I think it would be nice and if their price is set at something like $5.00 where it is affordable, then I think that is something people would definitely vote for," said David Deck, a Santa Maria resident.

KSBY did reach out to the California Department of Motor Vehicles for comment on the bill, but they said they would not comment on pending legislation.

We also reached out to Assemblymen Chen who proposed the bill earlier this week to see if he thought this could have any impact on how the DMV operates or even affect wait times, but did not hear back.

If the bill is passed, it would not go into effect until January of 2022.