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The DMV Will Launch Virtual Offices In California This April

By Malia Wooten March 27, 2020

The DMV has closed all of its field offices in California on Friday, but soon locals will be able to make a virtual appointment.

No need to stress over the fact that your long-awaited DMV appointment has been canceled. On March 27, the Department of Motor Vehicles officially closed the doors to all 170 California locations due to coronavirus concerns, however, employees will return to work as soon as April 1.

The agency will offer its employees paid administrative time off while they work to clean and disinfect each field office from March 27 to 31. When DMV employees will return to work, they’ll receive training on how to process online transactions; offices won’t open up to the public until further notice.

“The DMV is concerned about the health and safety of its customers, including seniors and those at risk for COVID-19,” says the agency according to the L.A. Times.

You can only use the Virtual Field Office to transfer titles or handle vehicle registration right now, but the DMV has plans to extend its offerings in the coming weeks. There’s also a number of services that are already offered on the DMV’s website, in addition to kiosks.

The deadline to order a REAL ID has been postponed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security until October 1, 2021 — giving millions of residents the chance to hold off on getting thumb-prints and new license photos.


Also published on Medium.