Get Connected Go Online At The Fair With DMV

California Department of Motor Vehicles
Media Relations Office
2415 First Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95818
Contact: Mike Marando, Steve Haskins, Armando Botello, Mike Miller
August 10, 2006




Sacramento—There’s a lot to do and see at the 153rd annual California State Fair (Aug. 11 through Sept. 4) this year, but besides munching on corn dogs and taking Ferris wheel rides, fairgoers can also explore the online world of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), complete real-time transactions and even go on a virtual treasure hunt.

“We are committed to helping millions of Californians save time and money by eliminating unnecessary trips to a DMV office,” said DMV Director George Valverde. “Our Web site provides 24-hour access and the choice of taking care of a number of business transactions.”

Director Valverde noted that the DMV has registered more than 4 million vehicles and re-licensed 800,000 drivers on its Web site (www.dmv.ca.gov). Field office wait times have been reduced from nearly an hour to 21 minutes since the inception of Web-based transactions in 2004.

The DMV Booth – located in Building C by the doors that exit to the horse arena -- will feature six computer terminals connected to the department’s Web site, in both English and Spanish, allowing fairgoers to:

  • Schedule office appointments for up to three transactions or three separate customers
  • Make appointments for both car and motorcycle driving skill tests
  • Renew driver’s licenses, ID cards , vehicle or vessel registrations
  • Reserve, purchase or renew personalized plate designations
  • Check the license status of driver’s education or traffic schools, new and used vehicle dealers and more
  • Calculate fees and taxes due
  • Request refunds
  • Take interactive driver’s license exams
  • Find the nearest DMV offices, hours of operation and wait times
  • Study the Driver’s Handbook, the Motorcycle Handbook, the Parent-Teen Training Guide and more
  • Answer the most frequently asked questions in extensive archives

The booth will be staffed by knowledgeable DMV employees who will assist customers with problems, answer questions and offer guidance, and will be open the same fair hours as the Exhibit Buildings. Visit www.bigfun.org for more information.

The DMV Web site is a full-service, convenient alternative to office visits and also features pages of information relating to the new Car Buyer’s Bill of Rights, teen and senior drivers and their families, and information about organ and tissue donation. It also features a new, more powerful and more accurate search function that can locate any information a driver needs to know. Credit cards and EFT (electronic check) payments are accepted for all online transactions.

While at the DMV booth, fairgoers can also embark on a virtual “Treasure Hunt.” By locating three clues buried in the department’s Web site, they can choose one of three items.

So this year as you enjoy the fair, stop by and visit the DMV booth, and encourage your friends and relatives to go online with DMV!

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