California Postpones on $40M for DMV Fixes, Real ID Processing


A request for $40.4 million to reduce wait times and process Real IDs at the Department of Motor Vehicles has been delayed by California's Department of Finance. A request for $40.4 million to reduce wait times and process Real IDs at the Department of Motor Vehicles has been delayed by California's Department of Fiannace

Gov. Jerry Brown was in office when the money was first requested but now that Gavin Newsom has stepped in, finance officials decided it would be wise to hold off, govtech reports.

“We’ll take it up in the spring when we have more information at hand,” department spokesman H.D. Palmer said.

Gov. Gavin Newsom created a DMV Reinvention Strike Team to do a "top-to-bottom overhaul of the agency that has been struggling" with long wait times and botched voter registrations.

“By any metric, California DMV has been chronically mismanaged and failed in its fundamental mission to the state customers it serves and the state workers it employs,” Newsom said when he announced the new team.

“We felt it appropriate to say we’re not going to seek immediate additional funding,” Palmer said in regards to the audit the Department of Finance is conducting to evaluate the DMV's operations and efforts to upgrade its aging technology systems.

A DMV budget increase will now not be seen until at least the end of April.

So the lines will stay long for now.

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