As of September 2015, The California Department of Motor Vehicles has 179 offices across the entire state, including in Bakersfield, Long Beach, Napa, Rancho Cucamonga and Pasadena. California residents can use the DMV website to find locations alphabetically or by proximity to a specific location. The California DMV recommends that residents make an appointment in advance, either online or by phone, for faster service.
The California DMV offers a variety of online services that eliminate the need for an individual to show up to a location in-person. These services include paying traffic citations, renewing a drivers' license, renewing a vehicle registration, renewing a mobile home registration and filing a change of address. Additionally, the DMV offers vehicle registration renewals over the phone.
Certain California DMV locations offer self-service terminals. These terminals allow residents to renew the registration on cars, pickups, motorcycles and certain types of commercial vehicles and trailers without waiting in line for an attendant. The DMV provides a list of offices containing these terminals on its website.
The California DMV is responsible for registering vehicles, recording vehicle ownership, maintaining driving records, issuing identification cards and licensing vehicle manufacturers and sellers. The department collects roughly $6.5 billion in annual revenue.