Bakersfield Southwest 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

March 19, 2009

Sacramento —The Bakersfield Southwest office of the California Department of Motor Vehicles located at 7000 Schirra Ct., will be closed for an 8-week renovation starting noon on Thursday, April 9, 2009. The repair and remodeling project will include the replacement of flooring,   installation of new carpeting and modular furniture for the convenience of customers, interior painting and much more. The easiest way to accommodate this project is to close the office completely for the duration of the repairs. The Bakersfield Southwest office is scheduled to reopen for business at 8 a.m. Monday, June 15, 2009.

DMV officials say the 21-year old office has not had any substantial renovations since it opened in 1988. The Bakersfield Southwest facility is one of several offices that have been slated for maintenance, repairs and/or renovation work during 2009.  DMV usually closes about a dozen offices each year for varying lengths of time to make infrastructure improvements or for equipment installation.

The Bakersfield Southwest office employs 21 full-time and 6 part-time employees who handle some 194,000 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, the Bakersfield Southwest DMV customers will be directed to neighboring offices in:

  • Bakersfield, 3120 F Street, 10 miles away;
  • Shafter, 548 Walker St.,20 miles away;
  • Arvin, 317 Campus Dr., 21 miles away;
  • Taft; 165 Center St., 30 miles away; and
  • Delano, 631 Jefferson St., 38 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 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.

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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.