California DMV Reopening 46 More Field Offices During COVID-19 Pandemic

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has announced plans to reopen 46 more field offices throughout the state on Thursday, May 28, which will bring to 71 the total number of locations open to the public for currently scheduled appointments at a specific office and limited transactions requiring an in-person visit. The offices were closed on March 27th in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

DMV officials also announced on Tuesday that they have begun rescheduling prior appointments postponed because of the pandemic and notifying customers of the new date for their visit. You're still being encouraged to use online services when possible, and the DMV says it's expanded virtual services for many transactions, including eligible driver license and vehicle registration renewals. Behind-the-wheel drive tests are still suspended.

Beginning Thursday, the following field offices will open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of opening at 9 a.m. Wednesday:

The selected offices are being reopened based on the location, size, service capacity, and the ability to offer enhanced service to commercial driver license customers.

Employees are going to be observing the physical distancing recommendations from health officials, and in some cases you might be directed to online services and other available options to complete your DMV business. Customers will be required to stay six feet away from other people in line, and you'll need wear a face covering. Entry into the buildings is going to be controlled, and you may have to wait longer that usual. The DMV will give you the option to get a text message when that will allow you to wait outside the building until you're notified that it's your turn.

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