Taft DMV Office To Close For Brief Renovation Project

California Department of Motor Vehicles
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June 12, 2008

Sacramento –The Taft office of the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) located at 165 Center St., will be closed for 4-1/2 days as of 12 p.m. noon on Thursday, June 19, 2008, for renovations that include replacement flooring, carpet, painting, and various maintenance items. The easiest way to accommodate this project is to close the office completely for the duration of the repairs. The Taft office is scheduled to reopen for business on Wednesday, June 25, 2008, at 9 a.m.

DMV officials say the 18-year old office has not had any substantial renovations since it opened in 1990. The Taft facility is one of several offices that were 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 Taft office employs three full-time and two part-time employees who handle approximately 37,000 transactions each year. During the renovation, 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, Taft DMV customers will be directed to neighboring offices in:

  • South West Bakersfield, 7000 Schirra Ct, 30 miles away;
  • Shafter, 548 Walker St., 33 miles away;
  • Bakersfield; 3120 F St., 37 miles away, and
  • Arvin, 317 Campus Dr., 42 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--and results in 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.

If a face-to-face transaction is necessary, appointments are always encouraged--either by using the Internet or the DMV voice-activated phone system at 1-800-777-0133.

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

The 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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