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(a) There is in the Transportation Agency the Department of
(b) Whenever the term "Business, Transportation and Housing Agency"
appears within the Vehicle Code, it shall refer to the
Transportation Agency, and whenever the term "Secretary of Business,
Transportation and Housing" appears within the Vehicle Code, it shall
refer to the Secretary of Transportation.
The department is the successor to and is hereby vested with
all of the powers, duties, purposes, responsibilities, and
jurisdiction now or hereafter vested by law in the Department of
Motor Vehicles, the Motor Vehicle Department, the Motor Vehicle
Department of California, the Division of Motor Vehicles of the
Department of Finance, the Division of Motor Vehicles of the
Department of Public Works, and all other state agencies of similar
designation, or in the several heads, members, officers, and
employees of each thereof.
The department has possession and control of all records,
books, papers, offices, equipment, moneys, funds, appropriations, and
all other property, real or personal, now or hereafter held for the
benefit or use of any state agency mentioned in Section 1501.
Except as in this division otherwise provided, the provisions
of Chapter 2 (commencing at Section 11150) of Part 1 of Division 3
of Title 2 of the Government Code shall govern and apply to the
conduct of the department in every respect the same as if the
provisions were set forth in this code, and wherever in that chapter
the term "head of the department" or similar designation occurs, for
the purposes of this division, it shall mean the director.
The department is under the control of a civil executive
officer known as the Director of Motor Vehicles. The director shall
be appointed by, and hold office at the pleasure of, the Governor.
The director, with the approval of the Governor and the
Secretary of Transportation, shall organize the department in a
manner that he or she may deem necessary to conduct the work of the
The director may appoint and, in accordance with law fix the
(a) A deputy director.
(b) Such other officers, deputies, technical experts, and
employees as may be necessary for the proper discharge of the duties
of the department.