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How to Schedule a California DMV Appointment

Many of the most common DMV visits can be scheduled ahead of time, and some services can even be completed online or by mail, with no in-person visit necessary.

The quickest and easiest way to schedule a California dmv appointment is online using the CA DMV’s online portal.

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Going to CA DMV in Person

Once you make your DMV appointment, you can reschedule or cancel your visit by using the same portal.

If you prefer to make an appointment over the phone, use the CA DMV’s automated service by calling 1-800-777-0133.

Which Services Are Available for CA DMV Appointments?

You can make an appointment with a DMV field office for many different services including:

The DMV DOES NOT accept appointments to renew vehicle registrations. For information on how to renew your registration, click here.

Which California DMV Services Are Available Online or by Mail?

An in-person visit may not be necessary. Some of the services that the CA DMV makes available online or by mail include:

*If eligible. Check eligibility for online license renewal or registration renewal on the DMV website.

Can’t Make a CA DMV Appointment?

If you are unable to schedule a California DMV appointment online or by phone, you can still save time by planning to visit when it’s less crowded.

Consider this when deciding the best time to visit the DMV:

  • Mornings are usually less crowded than evenings.
  • The middle of the week is typically not as busy as Mondays and Fridays.
  • Most employees take lunch around noon. Get there earlier if you can.
  • The DMV closes at 5PM, give yourself plenty of time to complete your transaction.
    • The DMV stops administering written and road tests at 4:30PM.