During Omicron Surge, DMV Encourages Use of Online Services – Los Angeles Sentinel | Los Angeles Sentinel

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The California Department of Motor Vehicles remains open for business both virtually — through online service options at dmv.ca.gov/online — and in their offices with health and safety precautions.

During this ramp up of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, clients are encouraged to use the agency’s online services as the safest and fastest way to conduct DMV business. Most of the things you need to do at the DMV can be done online, however, if customers need to come to the office, the staff will be happy to serve you. Visitors are urged to exercise caution and follow public health guidelines during this pandemic.

To protect the health and safety of DMV employees and customers, the DMV requires everyone in its offices to wear a face covering, keep their distance, wash their hands frequently, and stay home if sick. .

Customers are also asked to limit the number of family members accompanying them to an office to those necessary to complete a transaction, and to be patient while waiting to be served. Preventing the spread of COVID-19 to team members and the public is DMV’s top priority while providing service to customers.

Many DMV transactions, including vehicle registration and driver’s license renewals, and change of address can be completed at dmv.ca.gov/online. Californians can also save time by completing the driver’s license application online, including for REAL ID, before going to an outside office. Customers can also pre-upload the required REAL ID documents to save time when visiting the office.

Starting May 3, 2023, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will require a valid passport or other federally approved documentation, such as a driver’s license or REAL ID card, to board domestic flights. inside the United States and gain access to secure federal installations and military bases.

In addition to providing more services online, the DMV has accommodated customers in several ways during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, the DMV announced the extension of commercial driver’s licenses, learner’s permits, endorsements, and special certificates expiring between March 2020 and February 2022, until February 28, 2022.

The DMV also offers many services through its 365 self-service kiosks located in retail establishments throughout the state, its business partners, by phone, and by mail.

Veronica J. Snell