The Adventures of Cindy Li
Tips on going to the DMV in California
May 23 , 2007
Once upon a time…
I moved to California and had to transfer over my driver’s license and my vehicle registration. I was not looking forward to going to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You’ve all heard the stories and this was no exception. I went with my forms in hand and even checked out the “New to California” page that the DMV site put together. I was there for 2.5 hours for the first day and the second day was about an hour. I arrived at 3pm and didn’t leave til 5pm. The DMV does not give the written test after 4:30pm. My name ended up Sandy S. Li on my license but on the vehicle registration it was Cindy S. Li. Please learn from my mistakes.
Tips before you even step foot in the DMV:
- Prior to going to the DMV go get a smog test from a local gas station or auto shop.
- Get a copy of the DMV handbook for CA. You have to take a test.
- Take the DMV California practice tests online. Previously, I didn’t when I moved to Virginia from Florida, so I wasn’t expecting a written test.
- Make an appointment online. It’ll help speed you through the line. I heard if you made an appointment online you get a faster number.
- If you want a personalized license plate, check to see if its available
Things to bring or rather what I brought:
- 1. bring your current license from the state you just came from
- 2. passport
- 3. get inspection for your vehicle at the DMV
- 4. car registration from last state
- 5. Bring a book
Things to check out:
- 1. when you get your registration and your paper work for your license make sure it is correct.
- 2. make sure all your information is correct
- 3. Did I mention CHECK ALL YOUR INFO? (Otherwise you could end up Sandy instead of Cindy and have to fill out yet another form)