Compton DMV Office to Close for 15 Week Renovation

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 14, 2006

Sacramento—The Compton office of the California Department of Motor Vehicles located at 2111 S. Santa Fe Ave. will be closed for 15 weeks as of 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan.19, 2007, for an extensive facilities repair and remodeling project that includes updating the building's public facilities, interior painting, flooring replacement, installation of more customer-friendly modular furniture and much more. The easiest way to accommodate this project is to close the office completely for the duration of the repairs. The Compton office is scheduled to reopen for business on Mon., May 7, 2007, at 8:00 a.m.

DMV officials say the 23-year old office has not had any substantial renovations since it opened in 1983. The Compton facility is one of several offices slated for maintenance, repairs and/or renovation work during 2007.  DMV usually closes about a dozen offices each year for varying lengths of time to make infrastructure improvements or for equipment installation.

The Compton office employs 55 full-time and 18 part-time employees who handle some 244,000 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 renovation process.

During the closure, the Compton DMV customers will be directed to neighboring offices in:

  • Bellflower, 6 miles away;
  • Torrance, 9 miles away
  • Bell Gardens Park, 10 miles away
  • Long Beach, 10 miles away
  • Los Angeles, 14 miles away
  • Inglewood, 15 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 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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