Hollywood DMV Office on Vine Street to Close Temporary Office Slated to Open Nearby

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
December 11, 2006




Sacramento—The Department of Motor Vehicles office located at 1600 Vine St. in Hollywood will be permanently closed for business on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007, because the owner of the leased property has decided to redevelop the building for other uses. But while the doors will be shuttered for the last time at 5 p.m., a temporary DMV office facility, located at 5500 Hollywood Blvd., will open for business on Mon., Jan. 8, 2007 at 8 a.m.

The California Department of General Services (DGS), which oversees all state owned or leased property, will assist DMV officials in their search for a permanent office space in the Hollywood area.

DMV officials say the process of moving offices from one location to another within a city as the result of a lease termination is not unusual. The one day closure will allow the staff to relocate supplies and equipment over an extended weekend.

The DMV Vine Street office employs 17 full-time and 6 part-time employees who handle some 200,000 transactions each year. During the closure, customers will be directed to neighboring offices in:

  • Glendale, 10 miles away;
  • Culver City, 12 miles away and;
  • Lincoln Park, 11 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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