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DMV cuts hours in budget crisis

Offices won’t be open Saturday, closing earlier

Posted: August 8, 2008 9:20 p.m.
Updated: October 10, 2008 5:03 a.m.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles office in Newhall will see shorter hours for the rest of August due to the state budget impasse.

With the governor's executive order in place, the Department of Motor Vehicles is putting the brakes on some service.

For the remainder of August, none of the DMV's 169 field offices will be open for service on Saturdays, department spokesman Mike Marando said.

That isn't as bad as it seems, he said, only about 53 of the offices offer Saturday service.

He said DMV staff are in the process of contacting anyone who had a Saturday appointment to reschedule, and added that the DMV Web site is still a good, wait-free way to take care of business.

Indeed, while waiting to take care of registration paperwork Thursday at the Newhall DMV office, Mike Alvarado of Sylmar said he does most of his DMV business on the Internet.

"That's probably the best way to do it," he said.

Furthermore, depending on how busy offices are on weekdays, Marando said service may not be available for customers who come in after 3 p.m. If the building is close to capacity, he said, those already waiting would be helped before staff started taking new customers.

Asked if the changes may last beyond August, he said: "We'll address September in early September."

As a result of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's executive order, Marando said the DMV has laid off close to 1,000 part-time and temporary workers statewide, most of whom worked Saturdays.

"Right now we're experiencing some serious challenges," he said.


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