DMV Closes All Offices in San Diego County

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

October 23, 2007

 Sacramento—The state Department of Motor Vehicles today announced that all department offices in San Diego County will be closed today, Tuesday, October 23, 2007, as a result of the Southern California fires.

Closed San Diego-area offices include Chula Vista, El Cajon, Escondido, Escondido (Industry Service Center), Fontana, Norco, Oceanside, Otay Mesa Scales, Oxnard, Poway, San Diego, San Ysidro, San Diego Normal, San Diego Clairemont, San Diego (Driver Safety Office), and Spring Valley (Drive Test and Industry Service Center). In addition, other offices closed include San Bernardino, the San Bernardino Drive Test Center (San Bernardino County); Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Santa Paula (Ventura County).

For updates on the status of all offices, customers can log onto, or call 800.777.0133

“For the safety of both our customers and our employees, we took the precaution to close our offices today,” said DMV Director George Valverde. “We’re monitoring the situation and coordinating with the state Office of Emergency Services.”

On Sunday, Governor Schwarzenegger declared a State of Emergency within the following counties:  Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura.

Late Fees Waived
The Department also announced that vehicle registration late fees incurred by customers as a result of the fires in the aforementioned counties will be waived.

“Offering a waiver on late fees for customers is the least we can do to support those who have had their daily lives disrupted by the fires,” said Director Valverde.

Director Valverde noted that doing business with the department online ( can be done 24/7 from virtually any location. Services include online Vehicle Registration and Driver License renewals, along with a host of other services such as Notice of Release of Liability, Change of Address and payment of associated fees.

As of 7 a.m. today, officials have estimated that 15 separate fires have burned more than 250,000 acres in seven Southland counties, destroying approximately 1,000 homes.

Don’t Stand In Line, Go Online! Doing business with the DMV has never been easier. The DMV offers an array of services to customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through its Web site (, including online appointments for written and drive tests; vehicle registration and driver license renewals, selection of personalized license plates, changes of address and payment of fees via secure debit transactions.

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



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