DMV Opens the New Field Office in Hollywood

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

April 15, 2008

West Hollywood—The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) today dedicated its newest field office during Grand Opening ceremonies at 936 North Formosa Blvd., in Hollywood.  The exterior celebrates the glamour of the Hollywood location that capitalizes on a 1950s-era retro style and the resurgent popularity of classic American cars.

“Enhanced customer service is a top priority at the Department of Motor Vehicles,” DMV Director George Valverde said during today’s dedication ceremony. “This office not only celebrates the Hollywood tradition, but also offers an energy-efficient and customer-friendly design.” 

Refurbishing a 1946 service garage, Shlemmer + Algaze +Associates Interiors and Architecture took the opportunity to create a building with a look-and-feel that is a throwback to the past.   Using the attributes of the original structure, contractors were able to utilize the abundance of day lighting already streaming through the building minimizing the need for electricity.  Other aspects of energy conservation efforts include state of the art heating and cooling equipment as well as a “cool roof” that deflects 70 percent of radiant sun energy.

The 14,656 square foot office opened to the public on April 1, 2008, and its 21 employees will serve 200,000 customers annually. 

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DMV Fact File

  • DMV serves more than 32 million customers annually at 169 statewide field offices
  • Approximately 2.4 million new driver licenses and renewals are issued annually in California
  • Licensed drivers in California: 23,237,087 (12/31/07)
  • Registered vehicles in California: 33,355,892 (12/31/07)

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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