The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is expanding service in the Inland Empire with the opening of its new Driver’s License Processing Center (DLPC) at 16499 Merrill Avenue in Fontana.
The Fontana DLPC, which opened on Feb. 1, will only handle driver’s license and identification card transactions.
The office has 42 employees ready to assist customers at 15 service windows when an office visit is required, the DMV said.
The facility sits in the same location as an old DMV field office that closed in July of 2014 to make way for the new field office at 8026 Hemlock Avenue.
To protect customers and employees, the DMV requires everyone who enters an office to wear a face covering, physically distance, respond to health screening questions and have their temperature checked. To best serve customers and maintain appropriate distance, the number of people allowed in the office is limited, chairs are appropriately spaced and service windows have plexiglass dividers.
Nearly all Californians can now renew their driver’s license online -- even if the renewal notice states an office visit is required. The DMV recommends customers use its online services and other service channels to complete or begin transactions, including eligible driver’s license and vehicle registration renewals. Customers can also use the Service Advisor on the DMV website to learn about options to complete DMV tasks.
Before visiting a DMV office for a new REAL ID, customers should fill out the online application, upload their documents, and bring their confirmation code and documents with them to an office at their convenience, even the same day. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will begin REAL ID enforcement on Oct. 1. More information is available at REALID.dmv.ca.gov.