Hoping to avoid taking a day off from work to handle your DMV business? If you’re a California resident, you’d better act fast.
The CA Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will cease holding Saturday office hours after October 24, 2015.
The workweek-shortening decision for the agency was made in relation to AB 60, the legislation allowing undocumented immigrants to get a driver’s license in the state.
Implemented on January 2 of this year, AB 60 has since led to 775,000 driver’s license applications as of September 30, 2015, as well as hundreds of thousands of written knowledge and driving tests, plus general DMV visits for eligible state residents.
The anticipated extra work is what caused DMV Director Jean Shiomoto to keep the agency open an extra day during the week for the past 10 months. And despite estimates saying about 1.4 million total AB 60 licenses will be processed by January 2018, Shiomoto believes the “initial wave” of applications has receded, allowing the Department of Motor Vehicles to return to its regular operating hours.
Freshly released numbers from the DMV show that in September alone, the agency fielded 23,000 AB 60 applications for a driver’s license; administered 52,000 written knowledge tests for the group; held 36,000 drive tests for AB 60 applicants; and generally facilitated 95,000 AB 60-related DMV visits.