DMV offices are open to assist customers with appointments and with transactions that require an in-person visit. Use the DMV Service Advisor application to see if you are able to complete your transaction online before making an appointment .
Currently, only four offices accept walk – ins as well as appointments; the rest are by appointment only. You can make an appointment online or by calling the DMV at 1-800-777-0133. Fill out and submit a Driver License or Identification Card Application form (DL 44).
Yes, you can go to CA DMV without an appointment . Be prepared to spend several hours to all day waiting for your turn.
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA — California Department of Motor Vehicles offices in Santa Cruz County and across California will reopen to the public this week after more than two months of coronavirus-related closures. The reopened offices will feature “numerous changes” to guard against the spread of COVID-19.
When’s the Best Time to go to the DMV? Bright and early when the DMV opens. Before the lunch hour, before noon . During the middle of the week (Tuesday-Thursday) During the middle of the month.
Noncommercial Licenses California has provided extensions or expanded online renewal eligibility for noncommercial driver licenses (including AB 60 and limited-term) expiring during the COVID – 19 pandemic. License holders 69 and younger (Beginning March 1, 2020): Most drivers now qualify for online renewal.
The DMV has posted a list of documents that Real ID applicants may use. The cost is the same as for a regular California driver’s license, $35. The cost is $30 for state ID cards.
You only need to answer the first 18 questions on the test . In order to pass, you must get at least 15 answers correct. Your renewal notice will state if you need to take the written examination. Check your address before you leave DMV and tell the DMV representative if your address is incorrect.
If you become a California resident, you must get a California driver license within 10 days. Residency is established by voting in a California election, paying resident tuition, filing for a homeowner’s property tax exemption, or any other privilege or benefit not ordinarily extended to nonresidents.
Avoid the day before or after a holiday: The days right before or after a holiday are traditionally busy because the DMV was closed for a day. Don’t go on Mondays, Tuesdays , and Fridays: For many DMV offices, your best bet for fast service is to hit up the office on Wednesday or Thursday.
Go to the DMV on a Tuesday , Wednesday, or Thursday in the middle of the month , avoiding holidays. Go either before 11:00 a.m. or after 2:00 p.m., making sure that you’re not within an hour of when the DMV opens or closes.
El Monte , 20 miles east of Los Angeles, has the longest waits, with people sitting around for an average of 127 minutes last month. The shortest waits can be found in Alturas, near the Modoc National Forest in Northern California. With or without an appointment, most people waited only two minutes to be served.
To safeguard the health of employees and customers, the DMV temporarily closed all offices to the public March 27. The DMV also is reopening its 10 industry business centers to process in-person business-related transactions. Behind-the-wheel drive tests continue to be suspended.