When a fire, earthquake, flood, or other natural disaster strikes, we at DMV do whatever we can to help Californians who have been affected.
Local Assistance Centers
Working with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), DMV helps Californians affected by natural disasters at Local Assistance Centers (LACs). At these centers, DMV helps Californians replace or re-apply for the following, all free of charge:
- Driver licenses
- Identification cards
- Vehicle registration and titles
- Disabled person parking placards
- License plates and stickers
In addition, customers may:
- Submit vehicle disposal paperwork
- Request driver record printouts
- Process a change of address
Details about LACs are released as information becomes available. All of these services are also available for free at DMV field offices to residents impacted by natural disasters.
If you suspect that a vehicle you are considering purchasing might be storm-damaged or flood-damaged, these links might help you.
By clicking on these links, you are acknowledging and agreeing (1) to not hold the State of California, Department of Motor Vehicles, liable for any reason relating to the condition, identification, or status of a vehicle, including, but not limited to, whether the information is inaccurate, (2) the State of California, Department of Motor Vehicles, does not endorse or make any representations with respect to any vehicle, and (3) the State of California, Department of Motor Vehicles, does not have a duty or ability to ascertain any facts from these links at the time application is made for initial registration or transfer of ownership of a vehicle.
- National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).
- A database of vehicles and watercraft affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
- Check the smog test history of a vehicle.
- How to get a copy of someone else’s vehicle record.
- Verify a repair dealer’s license.
- Making a wise used-car purchase.
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Replace Lost/Damaged DL/ID
If your DL/ID card or commercial driver license (CDL) has been lost, stolen, or damaged, you may request a replacement.
Replacement Plates & Stickers
You must replace your license plates and registration stickers immediately if they’re lost, stolen, damaged, or made illegible in any way.