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

August 15, 2007

Sacramento—The Bakersfield office of the California Department of Motor Vehicles located at 3120 F St. will be closed for eight weeks as of 12 p.m. noon on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007, for renovations and repairs that include the modernization of public areas, improvement of disabled-customer access, painting the interior of the building, flooring replacement, lighting upgrades and much more. The easiest way to accommodate this project is to close the office completely for the duration of the repairs. The Bakersfield office is scheduled to reopen for business on Monday, Oct. 22, 2007, at 8:00 a.m.

DMV officials say the 41-year old office has not had any substantial renovations since it opened in 1966. The Bakersfield 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 Bakersfield office employs 26 full-time and 11 part-time employees who handle some 236,000 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 brief renovation process.

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

  • Bakersfield Southwest, 7000 Schirra Ct.,10 miles away;
  • Shafter, 548 Walker Ave., 18 miles away;
  • Arvin, 317 Campus Dr., 25 miles away;
  • Delano, 631 Jefferson St., 31 miles away;
  • Taft, 165 Center St., 38 miles away, and
  • Lake Isabella, 5520 Lake Isabella Blvd., 43 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.

Or---save time and go online. Doing business with DMV has never been easier. DMV offers an array of services to customers 24 hours a day, seven days a week through its website at That includes online appointments for written and drive tests, vehicle registration and driver license renewals, selection of personalized license plates, changes of address, filings for a Notice of Release of Liability and the payments of fees by way of secure debit transactions.

But if a face-to-face transaction is necessary, appointments are always encouraged--either by using the Internet or the DMV voice-activated phone system at 1-800-921-1117.

DMV is a department under the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, which is under the direction of Secretary Dale E. Bonner. DMV licenses drivers, maintains driving records, registers and tracks official ownership of vehicles and vessels, investigates vehicle and identity-theft related fraud and licenses vehicle dealers, driving schools and traffic violator schools.


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