California DMV Offices Reopen Thursday

After closing its offices in late March, the California Department of Motor Vehicles will reopen all field offices on Thursday, except the San Bernardino field office, which is closed for repairs. The DMV had previously reopened 71 offices for select services throughout May.

The offices will be open for customers who already had appointments or who need select in-person services. However, if you can complete your business online, you should do so.


“I continue to encourage Californians to use our online services, the Virtual Field Office, DMV Now kiosks and business partners whenever possible,” DMV Director Steve Gordon said via a statement. “Nearly all DMV tasks can be accomplished without an office visit. To keep wait times down and to maintain public health guidelines, I ask you to only visit a DMV office when absolutely necessary and to come prepared.”

When visiting, you’ll have to wear your facial covering and practice physical distancing. If you’d prefer to wait outside, you can request a text message that lets you know when it’s your turn. Also, behind-the-wheel driving tests are still off-limits because they don’t allow for physical distancing.

Here are some things you might need an in-person visit to accomplish:

  • Paying registration for an impounded vehicle due to registration-related issues
  • Reinstating a suspended or revoked license
  • Applying for a reduced-fee or no-fee ID card
  • Processing commercial driver license transactions
  • Applying for a disabled person parking placard (you can also do this by mail using the REG 195 form)
  • Adding an ambulance certificate or firefighter endorsement to a driver license
  • Verifying a transit training document to drive a transit bus
  • Processing DMV Express customers for REAL ID transactions, if time and space allow
  • Vehicle verifications

For more information about the reopenings, go here. To see the DMV’s online services, go here.


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