Paso Robles DMV Office Reopening Delayed Two Additional Weeks

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 20, 2006




Sacramento—The Paso Robles office of the California Department of Motor Vehicles, which is located at 841 Park St., will reopen on Tuesday Jan.16, 2007, at 8 a.m., the DMV announced today. The office was originally scheduled to re-open on Jan. 2, but that date has been pushed back because of construction delays. The renovations will add more than 1300 square feet of working space to accommodate future growth.

DMV officials said the 32-year old office has not had any substantial renovations since it opened in 1974, and that the delay in finishing the project is directly related to the building’s age and the widened scope of the repair work and the subsequent expansion.

The Paso Robles facility is one of about a dozen offices that have been slated for maintenance, repairs and/or renovation work during 2007. The Paso Robles office employs 10 full time and two part-time employees, and since the office was closed on Oct. 13, 2006, technicians have been loaned to the DMV office in San Luis Obispo, which is located at 3190 S. Higuera Street, to handle any extra customers who would have gone to Paso Robles to transact their business.

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 Web site 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 1-800-777-0133 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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