Eureka, Ca. (KIEM)-Today the California Department of Motor Vehicles reopened 46 more field offices including Garberville and the Eureka location inside the Bayshore Mall.
On March 27th the DMV temporarily closed offices, expanded virtual services, and took a number of actions during the COVID-19 Pandemic. They extended expired driver licenses, commercial licenses, learner’s permits, and identification cards. They also waived late fees and penalties for vehicle registration.
The DMV is asking community members who don’t have an urgent need to go into a field office to delay their visit.
Not all services are available check the DMV website before going into an office to see if they are providing the service you need.
We spoke to several customers who had different experiences today. Some were able to accomplish what they wanted, while others are waiting for a rescheduled appointment and will not be accommodated until that appointment is made when the DMV calls them to reschedule.
While everyone could not get what they wanted, all agree that it was organized, the staff was friendly, understanding and the process followed social distancing protocols. They had safeguards to ensure the health and safety of the employees and customers.