San Jose 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

April 8, 2008

Sacramento—The San Jose office of the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) located at 111 West Alma Ave., will be closed for 5 weeks as of 5 p.m. on Friday, May 2, 2008, for renovations and repairs that include flooring replacement, cleaning of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning ducting, interior and exterior painting, resealing and restriping of the parking lot, sidewalk repairs and much more. The easiest way to accommodate this project is to close the office completely for the duration of the repairs. The San Jose office is scheduled to reopen for business on Monday, June 9, at 8 a.m.

DMV officials say the 46-year old office has not had any substantial renovations since it opened in 1962. The San Jose facility is one of several offices that have been slated for maintenance, repairs and/or renovation work during 2008.  DMV usually closes about a dozen offices each year for varying lengths of time to make infrastructure improvements or for equipment installation. 

The San Jose office employs 33 full-time and 14 part-time employees who handle more than 246,000 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 San Jose office DMV customers will be directed to neighboring offices in:

  • Santa Teresa, 180 Martinvale Lane, 10 miles away;
  • Santa Clara, 3665 Flora Vista Ave., 10 miles away; 
  • Los Gatos, 800 N. Santa Cruz Ave., 12 miles away;
  • Mountain View, 595 Showers Dr., 17 miles away;
  • Fremont, 4287 Central Ave., 22 miles away;
  • Redwood City, 300 Brewster Ave., 25 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.

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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