Sec 20 of the California Vehicle Code specifically states that “it is unlawful to use a false or fictitious name or to knowingly make any false statement or knowingly conceal any material fact in any document filed with the Department of Motor Vehicles or the Department of the California Highway Patrol.”
This is committed in the following manner:
1) The accused used a false or fictitious name;
2) The accused knowingly made a false statement in their DMV license application;
This is a misdemeanor offense and the imposable penalty is up to six months in county jail and payment of a fine up to $1,000.
Other related offenses include Sec 118 of the California Penal Code or Perjury, Sec 31 of the California Penal Code or False Information, Sec 4463 of the California Vehicle Code or Fraudulent vehicle registration, Sec 472 of the California Penal Code for Forging or counterfeiting of seals and possession and concealment of the same.
The crime of making false statements or wrong information to the Department of Motor Vehicles or California Highway Patrol is a serious matter in California. Should you be or know anyone facing any of these charges, do reach out to the lawyers at the Law Offices of Ramiro J. Lluis for a free consultation today.