DMV Opens New Field Office in Bishop

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

March 15 , 2008

Bishop—The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), in partnership with the Bishop Paiute Tribe officially dedicated a brand new field office serving the City of Bishop and surrounding communities during 10 a.m. grand opening ceremonies today.

DMV Director George Valverde joined local tribal officials in commemorating the state’s first department office on Native American soil. “Today is a historic occasion. We are pleased to join together with the Bishop Paiute Tribe to open the very first DMV field office on tribal lands,” said DMV Director George Valverde. “Enhancing customer service is one of our primary goals, and this office provides many amenities for Bishop’s growing community.”

The 4,150 square-foot office - located at 1115 West Line Street – is nearly four times the size of its 473 S. Main Street predecessor, which has been open since 1966. The Bishop DMV office processes over 34,000 transactions annually with four DMV employees. The new office includes several features including modern design elements, skylights, vexed dual-pane windows, and ample parking that is easily accessible for customers.

Of historical significance is a mural painted in 1976 by Mammoth Lakes resident artist, Carol Ican. The Bicentennial Dedication Mural was commissioned to capture the breadth and rich cultural history of surrounding Owens Valley, and initially placed in the previous Bishop field office that same year. The mural has been transported and re-established at the new office.

The Bishop Paiute Tribe celebrated the opening of the new office with performances by the Bishop High School band, the Aca Mya Cultural Presentation Group (a local Native American song and dance ensemble), a light lunch and tour of the facility.

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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