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India ditches physical driver's licenses, putting them on smartphones: is that a good thing?
India ditches physical driver's licenses, putting them on smartphones: is that a good thing?

In late 2014, the Iowa Department of Transportation announced that it was building an app that would allow motorists to store their driver's licenses on their smartphones. No one seemed especially fazed by the idea, since everything from music to movies to credit cards has been steadily migrating...Read More»

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You're Cleared For Takeoff: REAL ID Restrictions For Air Travelers Postponed Until January 2018

We've got good news for residents of 28 states that haven't brought their driver's license guidelines in line with new federal standards: the Transportation Security Administration has delayed implementing restrictions associated with outdated licenses for two more years. There is a bit of bad...Read More»

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28 States Use Outdated Driver's License Format, Which Could Leave You Stranded At The Airport

When we think of technology and change, we often think of computers, mobile phones, cars, and such. But today, even the most mundane objects are evolving, from electrical outlets to thermostats. Driver's licenses are not immune. Unfortunately, like your grumpy uncle who's still mad about the...Read More»

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Study: Autonomous Cars Need Driver's Licenses, Too

Over the past couple of weeks, Tesla has made headlines for its autopilot software, which allows the company's Model S sedan drive itself under certain conditions. While fans and futurists have hailed this as the arrival of the fully autonomous car, some reports from owners suggest that the...Read More»

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Iowa May Be The First State To Offer Digital Driver's Licenses On Smartphones

The smartphone has become a central component of daily life. It's where we go to make calls, send texts, keep up with endless Facebook feeds, and store frequent-shopper cards. In Iowa, it will soon be where motorists keep their driver's licenses, too. ALSO SEE: 2016 Audi Q7: First Look According to...Read More»

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Women Drivers Outnumber Men, But Men Have Higher Fatality Rate On The Road

In the early part of the 20th century, it was unusual to see women behind the wheel. But as viewers of Downton Abbey know, that began to change during World War I, when women were permitted to do things previously deemed "unseemly". Case in point: Gertrude Stein learned to drive so she could...Read More»

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Florida Requires Canadians To Have International License (UPDATE: No, It Doesn't)

Canadians heading to Florida for a break from the Great White North can breathe a bit easier: Florida says that a new law requiring international driving permits for America's northern neighbors won't be enforced -- at least not for now. Confused? You should be. Millions of people from around the...Read More»

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Shifting Demographics: In The U.S., More Women Drive Than Men

As we saw during last week's election, the demographics of the U.S. are changing. Older white men -- once the country's key voting block -- make up an increasingly small percentage of the electorate, while African Americans, Latinos, and women are gaining ground. A similar demographic shift is...Read More»

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New Jersey Is Nothing To Smile About (On Your Driver's License)

New Jersey residents have many reasons to be happy: The state has more diners than any place on the planet. Despite the oft-reported heft of its governor, New Jersey remains one of the skinniest states in the union. And of course, Jersey Shore has finally been cancelled. But if you live in New...Read More»

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Older Drivers Concerned About Losing Licenses, Self-Police Driving Habits

Roughly 10,000 drivers turn 65 each day. The vast majority of those folks -- 82%, to be precise -- continue to drive, but according to a recent AAA study (PDF) most self-police their driving habits to avoid putting themselves and others in danger. The AAA study was carried out last December via...Read More»

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DrivingTests101 Helps Teens And Others Prep For Driver's Exams

Spring has arrived ahead of schedule, and with it has come the usual surge of eager car shoppers. But spring is also an important time for drivers-to-be: now that roads have been cleared of snow, moms, dads, elder siblings, and others are sliding into passenger's seats and patiently, nervously...Read More»

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This Sunday, California Stops Towing Cars Of Undocumented Drivers

If you're an illegal immigrant to the U.S. and you live in California, life is about to get a tiny bit better. As of Sunday, if you're stopped at a checkpoint, the police will no longer be able to tow your vehicle so long as you're not violating any other laws. Backstory Until 1993, undocumented...Read More»

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Alabama Nabs Honda Exec A Week After Jailing Mercedes Manager Under Immigration Law

Many of the people arrested under Alabama's new immigration law--immigrants from Central and South America, documented or not--get no media attention. A state that arrests or tickets executives from foreign automakers who provide thousands of jobs, however, makes the press sit up and take notice...Read More»

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In New York, Eye Exams No Longer Required For License Renewal

For most of us, the process of renewing a driver’s license involves paying a fee, signing some forms, getting a new (but equally bad) photo taken, and passing a standard eye exam. Until recently, this was required in New York, too, but The New York Times reports that a recent change in...Read More»

Fatalities per mile driven by age, from FiveThirtyEight.com, DoT data analyzed by IIHS
Teen Drivers Die In Crashes. Old Folks Too. Who's Feared Most?

Did you see the recent Hyundai ad that touts the safety of its new 2011 Sonata by playing on your fear of out-of-control teens behind the wheel? It cites the statistic that 3 million young adults will get new drivers' licenses each year--over a clip of a young woman being launched into the air on a...Read More»

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New York State Backs Down, New License Plates May Be Free

Last week we wrote about New York State's plan to issue new license plates, ostensibly to replace old ones whose reflective material may have worn off. The new and clearly retro design was meant to evoke the bright yellow plates used from 1973 to 1986. But in reality, the sole purpose of the $25...Read More»

New license plate design to be issued by New York State in 2010
New York's New License Plates Stir Resentment Over Fees

Obviously you have to replace license plates now and then. Among other reasons, the reflective material wears off. And besides, that way cops can tell if a car hasn't been re-registered in, ohhh, several years. Like many states, New York is grappling with major budget deficits. Now it has turned to...Read More»

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SFPD To Go Lightly On Drivers Without Licenses, Ruckus Ensues

Many police departments around the U.S. impound the cars of drivers caught behind the wheel without a license. But starting Sunday, San Francisco plans to abolish that policy, calling it unfair to illegal immigrants. Mayor Gavin Newsom, police chief George Gascón, and supervisor David Campos...Read More»

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