Photo: http://dmv.ca.gov

Photo: http://dmv.ca.gov

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has a permanent director, Jean Shiomoto, who as acting head led a department recognized for its advanced use of technology.

Shiomoto previously served as chief deputy. She replaced George Valverde who departed earlier this year.

The department won a ComputerWorld award for social media outreach for its high-volume Twitter account and for posting more than 100 driver-training and informational videos on its YouTube channel, which has received 26 million views. Last month, the department released an iPad version of its Drivers Handbook.

Last year, the DMV had more than 12 million online transactions.

Under Shiomoto’s tenure, the department also has been working with the California Highway Patrol to develop regulations for driverless vehicles.

Shiomoto has worked at department since 1988, serving in numerous roles such as chief of operations, deputy director of the communication programs division and chief financial officer, according to a news release from the governor’s office.