The California Department of Motor Vehicles has redesigned portions of its website to make it easier for customers to access the most frequently used online services.

“We are constantly modernizing our website with the customer in mind,” DMV Director Jean Shiomoto said in a statement. “I want to make sure customers can easily find what they’re looking for and get their questions answered quickly and efficiently. Many transactions don’t require a visit to a field office, we hope the new website makes those options clear and easy to use.”

When visiting the website, a series of buttons will appear that prioritize services like driver license, vehicle registration renewal, electric driver license and identification card application, REAL ID information and scheduling an appointment.

The REAL ID page incorporates infographics to make it easy for users to understand California’s REAL ID law.

The website update is part of the DMV’s ongoing efforts to reduce wait times at many of its facilities.


A charity boxing show, Beat the Streets, will be put on Sept. 29 in Stramler Park.

Local professional boxer Miguel Contreras will headline the boxing card. The proceeds will benefit Kern County Fight Club, a nonprofit organization that trains children and teenagers to box.

“I am honored to be fighting in my hometown especially for a cause so close to my heart,” Contreras said in a statement.

Central California prospects Adrian Valdovinos and Eduardo Sanchez are slated to fight. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with the first of 10 fights beginning at 6 p.m.


International Education Student Exchange Program, Inter-Ed, a nonprofit high school exchange organization is looking for volunteer host families to host international students participating in program.

Inter-Ed is the leadeing nonprofit sponsor of J-1 exchange students, and has worked with volunteer host families for over 20 years.

Students who participapate in the program have their own spending money, are fully insured, and attend the local high school in order to learn more about American culture.

Anyone interested in being a host family should call 209-622-4837 or 208-358-4480 or email The website, has more information.

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