Whittier DMV Office To Close For Renovation Project

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


December 5, 2007

Sacramento— The Whittier office of the California Department of Motor Vehicles located at 9338 S. Painter Ave., will be closed for three months at the close of business at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, 2007, for renovations and repairs that include improved access for disabled customers, the modernization of public facilities and much more. The easiest way to accommodate this project is to close the office completely for the duration of the repairs. The Whittier office is scheduled to reopen for business at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 10, 2008.

DMV officials say the 35-year old office has not had any substantial renovations since it opened in 1972. The Whittier facility is one of several offices that have been slated for maintenance, repairs and/or renovation work during fiscal year 2007-2008. DMV usually closes about a dozen offices each year for varying lengths of time to make infrastructure improvements or for equipment installation.

The Whittier office employs 23 full-time and 15 part-time employees who handle more than 212,000 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. The Self-Service Terminal located outside the office will remain open during the renovation.

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

  • Bell Gardens, 6801 S. Garfield Ave., 7 miles away;
  • Montebello, 424 N. Wilcox Ave., 8 miles away;
  • Bellflower, 9520 E. Artesia Blvd., 11 miles away;
  • Fullerton, 909 W. Valencia Dr., 12 miles away, and
  • West Covina, 800 S. Glendora Ave., 16 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.

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 (www.dmv.ca.gov), 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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