California Department of Motor Vehicles
Media Relations Office

April 15, 2010

Sacramento – Online business transactions numbered close to 2.6 million during the first quarter of 2010, a 20.4 percent increase over the same three-month period a year ago, the Department of Motor Vehicles announced today.

“We have seen a general, across-the-board increase in the use of our online services,” said DMV Director George Valverde. “Renewing a registration online is a win-win for our customers: it saves them time by going online and gets tags into their hands faster than conventional mail.”

Bar chart showing percentage surge in online business.

Director Valverde noted that the most popular online option for customers continued to be vehicle registration renewals, which totaled 1,729,671 for the period ending March 31, an 18.4 percent increase over the same period for 2009. In March, 652,139 vehicle registrations were logged online, a 25 percent jump from the same month a year ago. Customers who renew registrations online generally receive their tags within five business days.

Online driver license renewals rose 11.2 percent during the quarter compared to a year ago, as a record 100,403 customers renewed their licenses online during the month of March.

Filing an online Change of Address and a Notice of Release of Liability (NRL) rose 39.0 and 25.6 percent, respectively. A record 118,632 Californians filed an NRL online during the month of March.

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Don’t Stand In Line, Go Online! Doing business with the DMV has never been easier. The DMV offers an array of services to customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through its Web site (, including online appointments for written and drive tests; vehicle registration and driver license renewals, selection of personalized license plates, changes of address and payment of fees via secure debit transactions. Customers can also effect transactions by calling DMV customer service at (800) 777-0133.

DMV is a department under the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, which is under the direction of Secretary Dale E. Bonner. The DMV licenses drivers; maintains driving records; registers and tracks official ownership of vehicles and vessels; investigates auto and identity-related fraud; and licenses car dealers, driving schools, and traffic violator schools.


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