San Luis Obispo DMV Office to Open Early Following Renovation Closure

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

December 10, 2007

Sacramento—Officials of the California Department of Motor Vehicles have announced that the San Luis Obispo office will reopen for business at 8 a.m. on Wed., Dec. 26, 2007 – eight working days ahead of schedule.  The office closed in mid-October for a 10-week construction and renovation project that included equipment modernization and upgrades, installation of more customer-friendly modular furniture, painting, carpeting and much more. It had originally been scheduled to reopen on Jan. 7, 2008.

“We worked with the Department of General Services to ensure that the San Luis Obispo office would reopen before the end-of-the-year rush, which is one of the busiest times of the year for the department, said DMV Director George Valverde. I’m very proud of the effort that everyone made to accomplish the work almost two weeks ahead of schedule.”

DMV telecommunications technicians were able to accelerate the installation of state-of-the-art data and voice cabling in the office, which then enabled the rest of the construction work to move ahead more quickly. The office will have a new look-and-feel including new landscaping, a re-asphalted parking lot and public restrooms compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The 21-year old San Luis Obispo office has not had any substantial structural work done since it opened in 1986. It is one of several offices that were 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 San Luis Obispo office employs 15 full-time and seven part-time employees who handle some 124,563 transactions each year. During the renovation, most technicians were loaned to nearby DMV offices to help handle customers diverted as a result of the office closure, and those personnel will remain in those positions until their own office, which is located at 3190 S. Higher St. in San Luis Obispo, reopens on Dec. 26. The alternate office locations are:

  • Santa Maria, 523 S. McClelland St., 30 miles away;
  • Paso Robles, 841 Park Ave., 30 miles away; and
  • Lompoc, 138 N. B St., 57 miles away.

In a continuing effort to shorten lines and wait times, DMV reminds customers that 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 (, 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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