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Santa Barbara DMV Field Office

People typically spend 20 min to 60 min here. The best time to go is at 8:00 am on Friday.
Based on 2 votes

California Department of Motor Vehicles
535 Castillo Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
United States

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wait Time: N/A
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Santa Barbara DMV Location & Hours

Office location
535 Castillo Street
Santa Barbara, 93101
Sun Closed
Mon 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat Closed

Santa Barbara DMV Wait Times - Best Time to go

Santa Barbara DMV is most busy around 9:00 am on Monday. Visitors are typically here 20 min to 60 min. It's least busy at 8:00 am on Friday.

Santa Barbara DMV Office Services

  • Licensing Services
  • Plates, Permits, & Placards
  • Records
  • Registration
  • Replace Lost/Stolen/Damaged
  • Request miscellaneous original documents
  • Testing
  • Title Transfers

Santa Barbara DMV Payment

  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Digital Wallet
  • May accept ATM/Debit cards
  • Money order

Santa Barbara DMV Office Notes

Sat/Sun hours are now closed.

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Santa Barbara California DMV Reviews and Tips

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The location was very easy to find and there was plenty of parking. They had quick and easy procedures to follow with COVID-19. All staff was wearing the appropriate protective gear. I was able to check in outside, received a number, and was texted when it was my turn. The wait felt very short and the staff was super helpful and friendly. Once I was inside I was able to be in and out in 5 minutes. I was going in to get a Real ID. I would recommend starting the process online, as it really expedites the appointment time. You're able to fill out the initial paperwork so when you go to the office they just need a few documents to verify and they take a quick picture.
4:00 pm, Nov 9
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I wish to commend the fine work of Laura Ontiano (not sure of spelling). She expedited my drivers license and moved along briskly my application for California plates as I have moved from out of state. She never lost her concentration or patience and was the picture of professionalism. Something similar should be said about another staffer at the SB DMV, Rich. He did a great, thorough job. It took quite some time to get to those two, but once I did, things went a whole lot better.
6:01 pm, Jul 6

Questions and Answers

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DMV Customer
Feb 22
What are the best days to have the lowest wait time