The Department of Motor Vehicles, or equivalent in most locations, is a busy place that is almost always crowded and has long queues.
Many offices are now open on Saturdays as a result of this, and because it can be difficult for many people to find time during the work week to transact business with the DMV.
Local Opening DMV Hours
Each state has its own DMV office. You may get information about your local DMV office by conducting a quick online search. Simply enter your zip code or city and state abbreviation to discover the DMV closest to you.
Monday through Friday, most DMV offices will be open. Some may be open on Saturday morning, but you should verify with the specific office before assuming they’ll be open on the weekend.
The majority of DMV offices will open between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on average. On most days, closing times range from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Again, contacting your local DMV before visiting the office is usually a good idea.
You are welcome to contact them. They will gladly answer the phone and answer your inquiries. Most will have a pre-recorded welcoming message with the days and hours of operation listed.
Saturday Hours at the DMV
Although not all DMV field offices are open on Saturdays, many DMV transactions can be completed at any of them. So, if the nearest office does not operate on Saturday, look for another neighboring office that does.
Some DMV facilities operating on Saturday are only open for a short time, such as 8 a.m. to noon.
Others, on the other hand, keep regular 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. business hours on Saturday as well as all other days of the week, excluding Sunday.
On weekdays, some field offices even have extended evening or early morning hours, beginning at 7 a.m. or staying open past 5 p.m.
DMV Services Available on Saturdays
Not all services may be accessible on Saturdays, depending on the field office. On Saturday, for example, many DMV field offices do not provide driver road tests, vehicle inspections, or commercial driver services.
On the other hand, you can visit a DMV field office on a Saturday to:
- renew a driver’s license
- report a change of address or other information
- renew vehicle registration
- take a drivers license written exam
- pay fees.
You can also make an appointment for a Saturday visit to the DMV ahead of time, potentially saving you hours of waiting time when you arrive.
Customers are strongly encouraged to schedule appointments by phoning the office or visiting online. Many DMV locations allow you to schedule an appointment up to 90 days in advance.
When you make an appointment, arrive at least 10 minutes early to avoid any delays in obtaining service when you arrive.
Other Ways to do DMV Transactions
You do not necessarily have to visit a DMV office in person to perform business. You can renew a driver’s license, renew a car registration, pay a charge, or report a change of address or other personal information in many cases:
- by mail
- through an approved third-party vendor such as an Auto Club.
Driver license and ID card renewals, vehicle registration renewals, obtaining personalized license plates, and seeking vehicle and driver reports are all common online services.
Because DMV offices across the country have seen considerable increases in wait times in recent years, many DMV field offices now offer kiosks within their offices where you can transact business without having to wait in the traditional line.
The best approach to learn about Saturday hours and services at a DMV field office is to call the office or visit their website online.