Report 2012-110 Recommendation 2 Responses

Report 2012-110: Special Interest License Plate Funds: The State Has Foregone Certain Revenues Related to Special Interest License Plates and Some Expenditures Were Unallowable or Unsupported (Release Date: April 2013)

Recommendation #2 To: Motor Vehicles, Department of

Motor Vehicles should ensure that the fees it lists in its application for special plates, as well as any other publications, are supported by the appropriate statutes.

Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From October 2016

Computer programming to correct the $1 fee discrepancy was completed on December 31, 2014. In addition, the DMV updated its website and publications to accurately reflect the correct fees. However, during an audit follow-up in 2015, the State Auditor identified a publication discrepancy due to a DMV staff error. The DMV addressed the issue and corrected the error.

  • Completion Date: December 2014

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Fully Implemented


Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From September 2015

Computer programming to correct the $1 fee discrepancy was completed on December 31, 2014. In addition, the DMV updated its website and publications to accurately reflect the correct fees. However, during an audit follow-up in 2015, the State Auditor identified a publication discrepancy due to a DMV staff error. The DMV addressed the issue and corrected the error.

Corrective action is completed.

  • Completion Date: December 2014

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Pending

Motor Vehicles did not provide evidence that it has corrected its publication errors. We will reevaluate Motor Vehicles' response pending its submission of evidence.

  • Auditee did not substantiate its claim of full implementation

Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From October 2014

The DMV updated its website and forms to ensure consistent and correct information is provided to the public. In addition, the ISD is completing the computer programming to ensure the $1 fee discrepancy is corrected.

  • Estimated Completion Date: 12/31/2014

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Not Fully Implemented


1-Year Agency Response

DMV is making plans on correcting the $1 fee discrepancy and has ensured that clear and correct information regarding fees associated with special plates has been provided to customers.

  • Estimated Completion Date: 12/31/2014
  • Response Date: April 2014

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: No Action Taken


6-Month Agency Response

DMV has taken steps to update its website and forms to ensure clear and correct information regarding fees associated with special plates. In addition, DMV is currently correcting the computer program to fix a $1 discrepancy in the fees charged for some Environmental License Plates (see response to Recommendation #3).

  • Estimated Completion Date: 03/31/14 to 12/31/14
  • Response Date: October 2013

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending


60-Day Agency Response

DMV will continue to perform analyses of the applicable statutes dealing with special license plates to ensure DMV rates are consistent with the applicable statutes.

  • Estimated Completion Date: 09/30/2013
  • Response Date: June 2013

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: No Action Taken


All Recommendations in 2012-110

Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.


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