Paso Robles DMV Office To Close For Eleven Week Renovation Expansion

California Department of Motor Vehicles
Media Relations Office
2415 First Avenue, MS F-122, Sacramento, CA 95818
Contact: Mike Marando, Steve Haskins, Armando Botello, Mike Miller
October 12, 2006




SACRAMENTO — The Paso Robles office of the California Department of Motor Vehicles located at 841 Park St. will be closed for 11 weeks as of noon tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 13, 2006, for a complete remodeling project, which includes the much-needed addition of more than 1300 square feet of working space. The easiest way to accommodate this massive project is to close the office completely for the duration of the project. The Paso Robles office is scheduled to reopen for business on Tuesday, Jan 2, 2007, at 8:00 a.m.

DMV officials say the 32-year old office has not had any substantial renovations since it opened in 1974. The Paso Robles 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 improvements or for equipment installation.

The Paso Robles office employs 10 full time and two part-time employees. During the remodeling, most technicians will be loaned to a nearby DMV office to help handle customers who have been diverted as a result of the office closure and to provide the best possible service during the renovation project.

During the closure, the Paso Robles DMV customers will be directed to the neighboring office in San Luis Obispo, at 3190 S. Higuera Street.

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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