17 DMV Offices Across SoCal to Open Earlier in Effort to Address Long Waits

The Department of Motor Vehicles is offering early service at 69 offices in California, beginning Monday.

Offices throughout the state — including 17 in Southern California — will open at 7 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. An additional 53 offices are joining 16 others that have offered early service since last summer to cut down customer wait times. In addition to the early weekday start time, the DMV also offers Saturday service at 62 field offices throughout the state.

Offices now open early include Bakersfield, Compton, Costa Mesa, Glendale, Hollywood, Inglewood, Oceanside, Palm Springs, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco. The full list can be found on the DMV website.

The increase in DMV wait times is largely because of the new Real ID requirement, in addition to the surge of new drivers seeking licenses, a common summer occurrence. More than 3 million Californians have obtained Real ID licenses, which go into effect Oct. 1, 2020, but hundreds of thousands of the licenses issued last fall did not meet the Department of Homeland Security’s standards. The backtrack proved chaotic for California’s process of issuing licenses.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

The following locations will open at 7 a.m. every weekday except Wednesday, when services start at 9 a.m. The offices will close at 5 p.m. everyday.

Arleta
Auburn
Bakersfield (Southwest)
Banning
Blythe
Brawley
Carmichael
Chico
Chula Vista
Compton
Corte Madera
Costa Mesa
Daly City
Davis
El Cajon
El Centro
El Cerrito
El Monte
Eureka
Fremont
Fresno North
Fullerton
Glendale
Hanford
Hemet
Hollywood (DL only)
Indio
Inglewood
Laguna Hills
Lincoln Park
Madera
Montebello
Newhall
Oakland Claremont
Oceanside
Oxnard
Palm Desert
Palm Springs
Petaluma
Pomona
Porterville
Poway
Rancho Cucamonga
Redlands
Reedley
Rocklin
Sacramento
San Clemente
San Diego (Normal Street)
San Diego Clairemont
San Francisco
San Jose DLPC (DL only)
San Marcos
San Mateo
San Ysidro
Santa Ana
Santa Clara
Simi Valley
South Sacramento
Stanton DLPC (DL only)
Stockton
Temecula
Torrance
Turlock
Twentynine Palms
Westminster
Whittier
Winnetka
Yuba City

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