The California Department of Motor Vehicles plans to reopen 25 field offices beginning Friday, officials announced.

According to a Thursday announcement, Bay Area offices will open for limited services in San Francisco, Concord, Oakland, the San Jose Driver License Processing Center and Santa Rosa. All DMV offices have been closed since March 27 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday when offices open at 9 a.m.

DMV employees will practice physical distancing while serving customers with appointments and Californians who need to complete transactions that can only be done at an office.

Services to be provided include:

  • Paying registration for a vehicle that has been impounded due to registration issues
  • Reinstating a suspended or revoked driver’s license
  • Applying for a reduced or no fee identification card
  • Processing commercial driver license transactions
  • Applying for a disabled person placard
  • Adding an ambulance certificate or firefighter endorsement to a driver license
  • Verifying a transit training document to drive a transit bus
  • Processing DMV Express customers for REAL ID transactions, if time and space allows
Brett L Twenty-five California Department of Motor Vehicles offices will reopen Friday, May 8, 2020 for limited service by appointment only.

Customers entering any of the opened DMV offices are required to wear a face covering and stand 6 feet apart while waiting in line, officials said.

Additionally, customers can receive a text message that will allow them to wait outside until it is their turn.

DMV offices will provide handwashing stations for customers and a number of supplies for employees like disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, masks and gloves.

The DMV has set up a virtual office customers can use for online transactions that were previously required to be completed in person.

Officials urge customers to only visit field offices for urgent needs until further notice.

Jerold Chinn
Jerold Chinn is the San Francisco Bureau Chief of SFBay. A San Francisco native, he has spent a decade covering transportation in San Francisco. Send tips to jerold@sfbay.ca or at Twitter @Jerold_Chinn.

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