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Bay Area Drivers Can Now Renew Vehicle Registrations at the Supermarket

By: Ryan Gallagher September 29, 2017
California's popular DMV Now self-service kiosks—which allow drivers to register cars at the grocery store—has expanded to the Bay Area.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is again expanding on-the-go convenience—this time in Safeway and Pack ‘N Save grocery stores in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In late July, the California DMV debuted a self-service kiosk campaign known as DMV Now at Los Angeles-area grocery stores after using the self-service machines in DMV offices since 2010. Last week, the department added 14 new kiosk locations in Bay Area stores, allowing drivers to immediately renew their car, motorcycle, or boat registration and tags without setting foot in a DMV office. Since the 2010 debut, there have been more than 6 million successful self-service transactions.

To use these touch-screen machines, customers submit their renewal notice or current registration card plus payment (cash, credit/debit card, or check). The kiosks then print a new registration card and plate tags on site.

The California DMV’s YouTube page also provides a brief rundown explaining how to initiate and complete a DMV Now transaction.

As for those who are done with driving altogether and have found some new form of transportation (be it walking, biking, or BART), the self-service booths also allow drivers to file for planned non-operation status for their vehicle.

Drivers can find their closest DMV Now kiosk by entering their zip code on the DMV homepage or using the interactive full location map.

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