Local Assistance Centers
In conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the DMV helps Californians impacted by natural disasters at temporary local assistance centers. At these centers, the DMV offers limited services to affected residents, who can replace at no cost the following items if lost or damaged due to the disaster: duplicate driver licenses, identification cards, vehicle registration and title, disabled person parking placards. In addition, they can acquire substitute license plates and stickers, vehicle disposal paperwork, and driver record printouts, as well as initiate a change of address.
Details on assistance centers are released as information becomes available.
Residents impacted by earthquakes who need to replace lost or damaged DMV-related documents can do so free of charge at a local DMV field office.
In July 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an emergency proclamation authorizing fee and/or penalty waivers for residents impacted by earthquakes in Kern and San Bernardino counties.
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DMV Assists California Fire Victims
Fire victims who need to replace lost or damaged DMV-related documents can do so free of charge at a local DMV field office.
In 2018, the California Governor’s office issued emergency proclamations authorizing fee and/or penalty waivers for victims of the wildfires in Ventura, Los Angeles, Butte, Lake, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Siskiyou, Riverside, Shasta, Mendocino, Napa, and Mariposa counties.