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By David Ganezer
Observer Staff Writer 

California DMV Reopens for Some Services, But Forget it if you need a Learners Permit

They will allow you to reinstate registration for an impounded vehicle, reinstate a suspended drivers license, and a Real ID

 

A greeter at the DMV holds a sign showing the online confirmation number you must first receive, to enter the DMV.

They will allow you to reinstate registration for an impounded vehicle, reinstate a suspended drivers license, and get a California ID Card. But forget about getting a learners permit.

The California Dept of Motor Vehicles cancelled thousands of appointments in March, April and May. They are not rescheduling those appointments. However, residents may drop in for Real IDs, and certain other services.

List of DMV services as of June 24, 2020

(If you need a learners permit, word on the street is you may still get one if you concurrently apply for a Real ID). Before entering the DMV building, you must do two things: 1. Receive a confirmation number after uploading your documents online; and 2. wear a mask.

Here's the official word from the DMV:

Customers seeking to conduct online transactions are advised to type http://www.dmv.ca.gov directly into the address line in the web browser to ensure they are visiting the official website. Internet search engines may not always list the official DMV website as the top result and can easily lead customers to a private website.

Please note: The DMV has thousands of Registration Service Business Partners authorized to conduct vehicle registration transactions and charge a fee. You can find more information on our business partners here: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/bp_locator/bplocator_top

 

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