Motor Vehicles, Department of

Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

The California Department of Motor Vehicle’s vision is to be a recognized leader in public service. To accomplish this vision our mission is to serve the public by providing quality licensing and motor vehicle-related services.

General Information: 800-777-0133
Hearing Impaired: 800-368-4327
Phone Hours of Availability: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. / Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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The registration renewal notice mailed to you by the department will indicate if a smog certification is required. If a smog certification is required and you have not had a smog inspection, you may still pay your registration feesto avoid any late fees. However, you will not receive your new registration or year sticker until the smog information has been received by DMV.

Additional smog information.

You must have:

  • Access to the Internet
  • A valid credit/debit card or checking account
  • The last five digits of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or the vessel Hull Identification Number (HIN)
  • Insurance with one of the participating insurance companies or be renewing a vehicle not requiring evidence of insurance (such as a trailer)
  • Smog certification on file at DMV

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Contact Us

General Vehicle Registration Address, for USPS. Vehicle Registration Operations Department of Motor Vehicles PO Box 942869. Sacramento, CA 94269-0001 ... https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/dmvheader2/contactus

Employment Opportunities at DMV

Welcome to the Department of Motor Vehicles employment opportunities page. The following links have been created to facilitate your employment search. https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/dmv_careers

DMV Anytime

For faster service, make an appointment before visiting a DMV office. Business Partner Locator Locate DMV ... Department of Motor Vehicles P. O. Box 942869 https://www.dmv.ca.gov/about/dmvanytime.htm

Deployment of Autonomous Vehicles for Public Operation

California Department of Motor Vehicles ... The regulations for post-testing deployment of autonomous vehicles will establish the requirements for manufacturers ... https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/vr/autonomous/auto

Vehicle Registration and Title Information Home Page

California Department of Motor Vehicles ... To renew your vehicle registration, select: Vehicle ... Buying or Selling a Vehicle (Changing Vehicle Ownership) FAQs ... https://www.dmv.ca.gov/vr/vr.htm

Change of Address

Use this form to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of a change of residence or mailing address for your vehicle, vessel, driver license, or identification card ... http://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/forms/dmv/dmv14

Disabled Person Parking Placard and License Plates (FFVR 7)

California Department of Motor Vehicles ... at a local DMV office and submit a Completed Application for Disabled Person Placard or Plates (REG 195) ( PDF ). https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffvr07

Driver Record Request

The Department of Motor Vehicles uses a third-party vendor to process credit and debit card transactions. For more information, visit DMV's How Your ... https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/online/dr