Natural Disaster Assistance

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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.

Storm-Damaged Vehicles

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.

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