Nobody likes to wait in line any where, but perhaps most especially at the department of motor vehicles. California, one of the country’s most populous states is trying to help people avoid the long wait at their local DMV office, or even find a way to not have to visit the branch at all.

Part of their effort revolves around allowing drivers to do a great deal of their business with the DMV via their web site. California drivers can now renew their license and or registration, access their driving record and find answers to questions regarding the status of their license, all online.

If you cannot do what you need to do online, then the California DMV recommends you make an appointment at your local DMV branch before coming in. If you have an appointment you can avoid the wait and get your business done in record time.

Appointments are available at all offices for faster service. You may make an office appointment or a behind-the-wheel driving test appointment online.

If you make an office appointment online, please check our driver license and/or vehicle registration pages for requirements, fees, forms, or any other information you may need to complete your transaction.

You may also call to make an appointment. When you call to make your appointment, ask for general information regarding your transaction, the name of the forms you may need, and the location and hours of the office.

Ask if your transaction can be processed by mail. If the answer is yes, then request the forms be mailed to you. After you receive the forms, complete the information and mail them to any DMV office. Please allow 3 to 6 weeks to process your new documents.

If it is necessary for you to visit an office, make an Appointment(s) for faster service. See DMV offices for directions to the office.