Delano DMV Office to Close for 2 Month Renovation

California Department of Motor Vehicles
Media Relations Office
2415 First Avenue, MS F-122, Sacramento, CA 95818
Contact: DMV Media Relations

June 11, 2007

Sacramento –The Delano office of the California Department of Motor Vehicles will  temporarily close for two months at the close of business on Friday, June 22, 2007, for renovations to improve access for disabled customers, modernize the public facilities, paint the interior, replace carpet/flooring, re-place parking lot paving and striping and much more. The easiest way to accommodate this work is to close the facility for a brief time. The office will reopen for business at 8 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 24, 2007.

DMV officials say the 17-year old office has never had any sort of major repairs since it opened in 1990. The facility is located at 631 Jefferson St. in Delano.

The Delano office is one of several DMV offices slated for maintenance, repairs and/or renovation work during 2007. The department usually closes about a dozen offices each year for varying lengths of time to make infrastructure repairs or for equipment installation.

The Delano office employs 8 full-time and 2 part-time employees who handle more than 90,000 transactions each year. During the brief renovation project, technicians will be loaned to nearby DMV offices to help handle customers diverted because of the renovation project.

DMV officials carefully monitor the workload of surrounding offices on a day-by-day basis and move technicians to where they are most needed when an office is closed because of projects such as this one. The offices where Delano DMV customers will be steered are:

  • Shafter, 548 Walker St., 26 miles away;
  • Porterville, 329 E. Olive Ave., 31 miles away;
  • Bakersfield, 3120 F St., 31 miles away, and,
  • Tulare, 274 E. Cross Ave., 34 miles away.

In a continuing effort to shorten lines and wait times, the DMV wants customers to understand there are a number of 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.

The DMV Internet website can be utilized to handle a wide array of transactions, including driver license and vehicle registration renewals. All that’s needed is DMV paperwork, personal identification information provided on DMV renewal paperwork and a credit card. The DMV Website may be accessed at www.dmv.ca.gov. Ordering personalized license plates, scheduling for DMV appointments, refund requests and checking on driving school licensing can also be handled via the Internet.

In addition to the Internet, most routine services provided by DMV can also 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.

But if a face-to-face transaction is necessary, appointments are always encouraged---either by using the department’s voice-activated phone system at 1-800-777-0133 or the Internet. Both options are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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