California DMV helps the state implement AB 60 for safer roads

Published on 1 Jul 2016

The new IBM website infrastructure is more than three times faster than our old infrastructure.

Stacy Cockrum, Deputy Director and Chief Information Officer, California Department of Motor Vehicles

California Department of Motor Vehicles


Deployment country
United States

California Department of Technology


The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is a state agency that registers motor vehicles, and issues and revokes driver's licenses. It collects approximately USD7.46 billion in revenues annually, employs about 9,000 people, and oversees around 33 million registered vehicles and 25 million licensed drivers.

Business need
With AB 60 legislation allowing undocumented residents to apply for driver licenses fast coming into law, DMV was concerned its dated website would buckle under the pressure of millions of new users.

Working with the CDT – DMV’s managed services provider – and IBM, DMV migrated its website to Linux on the IBM® z Systems™ platform. The joint team achieved go-live by the time AB 60 came into effect.

With a stable platform, DMV focuses on serving citizens rather than on IT maintenance. The Linux on z solution effortlessly handled the surge in users and will scale to whatever the future holds.


IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

IBM Integration Bus, WebSphere Portal Server

z Systems : z Systems running Linux, z Systems, z Systems : z Systems running z/VM

GTS Integrated Technology Services

Govt: Government Accountability - Cost Efficiency, Govt: Government, State/Provincial/Local Transformation, Govt: Public Safety and Security, System z Software, Virtualization - Server, Automation, Enabling Business Flexibility, Performance Management, , Virtualization, Virtualization - Network, High Availability

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