CA DMV Staying Open…Power Shortage Or Not
Teenage girl in drivers seat of a car. Photo from Alpha Media Portland OR

Sure it’s hot around California, but the Department of Motor Vehicles will be keeping its offices open nonetheless.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles continues to serve customers statewide during the ongoing extreme heat. 

However, DMV has canceled behind-the-wheel tests for vehicles without air conditioning in areas impacted by high temperatures. This includes commercial and non-commercial driving tests. DMV offices in cooler, coastal areas will continue to provide all services. (The Hemet DMV office is closed due to the Fairview fire.)

The DMV also is canceling other outdoor activities like vehicle verifications and vehicle inspection and basic skills components for commercial driver applicants in extreme heat areas.

The modified outdoor services schedule is anticipated to continue through Thursday, September 8.

The DMV will reschedule impacted customers with appointments. Updates will be available on and social media channels.

The DMV has taken many steps to offer more services online. Most DMV tasks do not require an office visit. The DMV encourages customers to use its online services and other service channels to complete transactions, including eligible driver’s license and vehicle registration renewals. Customers can also use the Service Advisor on the DMV website to learn their options to complete DMV tasks.

To sign up for paperless vehicle registration and driver’s license renewal notices, customers must sign in or create a secure online account at, and then opt in.


Teenage girl in drivers seat of a car.

Photo from Alpha Media Portland OR