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Best Times to Visit a DMV Office

When planning for a trip to the DMV, consider the best times to avoid long waits.

  • Mornings are generally less crowded than afternoons. 
  • Mid-week is usually less crowded than Mondays or Fridays.
  • Any day before or after a holiday will likely be more crowded.
  • The first and last days of the month are often busy with customers conducting last minute business.
  • DMV staff often go on lunch break starting around noon, leaving a reduced crew.  Try to avoid the lunch hour.
  • Be sure to arrive with plenty of time before closing to complete your transaction.  This is especially important if you need to be complete a written test or road test.
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Going to DMV in Person

If you need some other service from the DMV you must visit a branch office. You can find a list of DMV offices alphabetically, by entering your address or by clicking on the map. If you need to visit a DMV office it is always a good idea to save time by making an appointment in advance.

To apply for a California driver license or permit, you will need to bring the required documentation with you to a DMV office in the form of the following documents:

  • You will need to verify your birth date and residency or citizenship. For this you will need either a valid birth certificate (not a copy), a valid passport or Resident ID Card.
  • You will need your Social Security Card or other official documentation with your social security number.

Scheduling DMV Appointments and Other Online Services

California DMV Appointments

Drivers can save time at the California Department of Motor Vehicles by scheduling an appointment for an office visit or to take a driving test.  Many functions can also completed by using Calfiornia's DMV online services.You may be able to skip an entire trip to the DMV office by using your computer or mobile device to complete certain transactions.  You can also call the DMV at 1-800-777-0133 for help with your transactions.