2007 California Vehicle Code Article 1. General Provisions

CA Codes (veh:13100-13106)


SECTION 13100-13106

13100.  When used in reference to a driver's license, "cancellation"
means that a driver's license certificate is terminated without
prejudice and must be surrendered.  Any person whose license has been
canceled may immediately apply for a license.  Cancellation of
license may be made only when specifically authorized in this code,
when application is made for a license to operate vehicles of a
higher class, or when a license has been issued through error or
voluntarily surrendered to the department.

13101.  When used in reference to a driver's license, "revocation"
means that the person's privilege to drive a motor vehicle is
terminated and a new driver's license may be obtained after the
period of revocation.

13102.  When used in reference to a driver's license, "suspension"
means that the person's privilege to drive a motor vehicle is
temporarily withdrawn.  The department may, before terminating any
suspension based upon a physical or mental condition of the licensee,
require such examination of the licensee as deemed appropriate in
relation to evidence of any condition which may affect the ability of
the licensee to safely operate a motor vehicle.

13103.  For purposes of this division, a plea of nolo contendere or
a plea of guilty or judgment of guilty, whether probation is granted
or not, a forfeiture of bail, or a finding reported under Section
1816, constitutes a conviction of any offense prescribed by this
code, other than offenses relating to the unlawful parking of

13105.  For the purposes of this chapter, "convicted" or "conviction"
includes a finding by a judge of a juvenile court, a juvenile
hearing officer, or referee of a juvenile court that a person has
committed an offense, and "court" includes a juvenile court except as
otherwise specifically provided.

13106.  (a) When the privilege of a person to operate a motor
vehicle is suspended or revoked, the department shall notify the
person by first-class mail, of the action taken and of the effective
date thereof, except for those persons personally given notice by the
department or a court, by a peace officer pursuant to Section 13388
or 13382, or otherwise pursuant to this code.  It shall be a
rebuttable presumption, affecting the burden of proof, that a person
has knowledge of the suspension or revocation if notice has been sent
by first-class mail by the department pursuant to this section to
the most recent address reported to the department pursuant to
Section 12800 or 14600, or any more recent address on file if
reported by the person, a court, or a law enforcement agency, and the
notice has not been returned to the department as undeliverable or
unclaimed.  It is the responsibility of every holder of a driver's
license to report changes of address to the department pursuant to
Section 14600.
   (b) The department may utilize alternative methods for determining
the whereabouts of a driver, whose driving privilege has been
suspended or revoked under this code, for the purpose of providing
the driver with notice of suspension or revocation.  Alternative
methods may include, but are not limited to, cooperating with other
state agencies that maintain more current address information than
the department's driver's license files.

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