Los Angeles DMV Office To Close for Brief Renovation

California Department of Motor Vehicles
Media Relations Office
2415 First Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95818
Contact: Mike Marando, Steve Haskins, Armando Botello, Mike Miller
August 21, 2006

Sacramento—The Los Angeles office of the California Department of Motor Vehicles located at 3614 Hope St. will be closed for four weeks as of 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, 2006, for renovations and repairs including replacing deteriorating and leaking skylight panels over the office lobby. The easiest way to accommodate this project is to close the office completely for the duration of the repairs. The Los Angeles office is scheduled to reopen for business on Monday, Sept. 24, 2006, at 8:00 a.m.

DMV officials say the 20-year old office has not had any sort of major repairs since it opened in 1986. The Los Angeles facility is one of several offices slated for maintenance, repairs and/or renovation work during 2006. DMV usually closes about a dozen offices each year for varying lengths of time to make infrastructure repairs or for equipment installation.

The Los Angeles office employs 45 full-time and 8 part-time employees who handle some 331,433 transactions each year. During the renovation, most technicians will be loaned to nearby DMV offices to help handle customers diverted as a result of the office closure. DMV officials say they will carefully monitor customer flow to the surrounding offices and move technicians as needed to provide the best customer service possible during the brief renovation process.

During the closure, the downtown Los Angeles DMV customers will be directed to neighboring offices in:

  • Bell Gardens, 6801 S. Garfield Ave., 12 miles away;
  • Montebello, 424 N. Wilcox Ave., 11 miles away;
  • Hollywood, 803 N. Cole Ave., 9 miles away;
  • Inglewood, 621 N. La Brea Ave., 7 miles away and
  • Lincoln Park, 3529 N. Mission Rd, 7 miles away.

In a continuing effort to shorten lines and wait times, the DMV wants customers to understand there are a number of service options currently available to them, which if properly utilized, can dramatically reduce the number of transactions handled in any field office on a face-to-face basis; that means shorter lines and wait times!

For example, most routine services the DMV provides can be done by mail; instructions for mailing license or registration renewals are included with the notifications sent out by the Department. Customers can use checks or money orders to renew by mail.

The Internet is also useful for handling many transactions, including driver license and vehicle registration renewals. All that’s needed is DMV paperwork that is sent in the mail several weeks in advance of payment deadlines, personal identification information and a credit card.

The DMV Website may be accessed at www.dmv.ca.gov. Personalized license plates, boat registration, scheduling for DMV appointments, refund requests, and checking on driving school licensing can also be handled electronically.

But if a face-to-face transaction is necessary, appointments are always encouraged--either by using our new voice-activated phone system at 1-800-921-1117 or the Internet. Customers can use the new phone system to renew and pay for their vehicle registrations as well. Both the Internet and interactive phone options are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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