Santa Monica 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 16, 2009

Sacramento —The Santa Monica office of the California Department of Motor Vehicles, located at 2235 Colorado Ave., will be closed for nine weeks starting at noon on Friday, May 1, 2009, for a major renovation project -- which includes complete flooring replacement, the installation of modular furniture to improve customer seating convenience, replacement of IT cabling and much more.

The easiest way to accommodate this project is to close the office completely for the duration of the repairs. The Santa Monica office is scheduled to reopen for business on Mon., July 6, 2009, at 8 a.m.

DMV officials say the 38-year old office has not had any substantial renovations since it opened in 1971. The Santa Monica facility is one of several offices slated for maintenance or repair projects during 2009. DMV usually schedules about a dozen office closures each year--for varying lengths of time-- to make infrastructure improvements or for equipment installation.

The Santa Monica office has 29 full-time and 12 part-time employees who handle some 227,000 transactions each year.

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 complicated renovation process.

During the closure, the Santa Monica DMV customers will be directed to neighboring offices in:

  • Culver City, 11400 West Washington Blvd., 5 miles away;
  • Inglewood, 621 La Brea Ave., 9 miles away;
  • Hollywood, 803 Cole Ave., 11 miles away;
  • West Hollywood (registration transactions only), 936 North Formosa Ave. ,12 miles away; and
  • Los Angeles, 3615 South Hope St., 14 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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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.