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.

Agency Response*

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.

  • Response Type†: Annual Follow Up
  • Completion Date: December 2014
  • Response Date: October 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


Agency Response*

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.

  • Response Type†: Annual Follow Up
  • Completion Date: December 2014
  • Response Date: September 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of 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

Agency Response*

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.

  • Response Type†: Annual Follow Up
  • Estimated Completion Date: 12/31/2014
  • Response Date: October 2014

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Not Fully Implemented


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.

  • Response Type†: 1-Year
  • Estimated Completion Date: 12/31/2014
  • Response Date: April 2014

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


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).

  • Response Type†: 6-Month
  • Estimated Completion Date: 03/31/14 to 12/31/14
  • Response Date: October 2013

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending


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.

  • Response Type†: 60-Day
  • Estimated Completion Date: 09/30/2013
  • Response Date: June 2013

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


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†Response Type refers to the interval in which the auditee is providing the State Auditor with their status in implementing recommendations made in an audit report. Auditees must submit a response regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year or subsequent to one year.

*Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.


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