DMV offices could reopen this month, but expect some changes

Posted at 6:51 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 21:51:27-04

The director of the California Department of Motor Vehicles said Tuesday that residents could see field offices reopening as soon as this month, but expect some changes.

DMV Director Steve Gordon said he hopes to reopen 25 of the agency's field offices to in-person visits this month, but some activities such as on-the-road driving tests will no longer take place. He said he expects all of the agency's 170 offices to be reopen soon afterwards.

In the meantime, Gordon reminds residents that almost all of DMV transactions can be completed online and at remote kiosks. Services available online include vehicle registrations renewals, vehicle title transfers, replacing lost driver's licenses and temporary license extensions.

DMV field offices have been closed since late March due to safety concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

The department could resume driving tests as early as June under the timeline Gordon shared. He acknowledged there are safety concerns, amid the COVID-19 emergency, for both DMV employees and customers when it comes to being in the close quarters of a vehicle.