California Driver Handbook - DMV Information

Most DMV offices are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Some field offices have extended hours (open earlier), and a few offer only driver license or vehicle registration services. To find out if your local field office has extended hours, or to find a field office location and service options, go online or call the toll-free number.

Make sure to have your driver license or identification card number, vehicle license plate number and/or vehicle identification number (VIN) available.

Go online at: for (to):

  • Field office locations, hours, directions, and phone numbers.
  • Make appointments to visit a field office or take a driving test (except for commercial driving tests).
  • Order personalized plates.
  • Driver license and identification card information.
  • Vehicle/vessel registration information.
  • Downloadable forms.
  • Publications—handbooks, brochures, and sample tests.
  • Senior driver information.
  • Teen driver information.
  • Links to other state and federal agencies.
  • Renew your driver license or vehicle registration.

Call 1-800-777-0133 during normal business hours to:

  • Obtain/request driver license and vehicle registration information, forms, and publications.
  • Find office locations and hours.
  • Make a driving test appointment.
  • Speak to a DMV representative or request a call back.

Call 1-800-777-0133 for automated service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to:

  • Renew your driver license or vehicle registration with the Renewal Identification Number (RIN) provided on your billing notice. You can pay with a credit card or e-check.
  • Make a field office appointment.

Persons with speech or hearing impairments can call, toll free, 1-800-368-4327 for assistance with DMV services. Only typed messages from another TTY are received and responded to at this number.

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