A trip to the DMV might not be at the top of your to-do list, but the California DMV is making transactions quicker, greener, and more convenient through the DMV website. The DMV now provides several online and paperless services to simplify your already busy life at dmv.ca.gov/online. Here are some ways you can save time and paper with DMV’s Online Services.

The first step you should take is to make sure your information is updated on your MyDMV account online. Updating your mailing address and email address will ensure that important information from the DMV makes it to the correct address and that you stay informed about DMV services.

Going green and completing your DMV to-do list is easier now with renewal notice emails! Getting paperless notices reduces the amount of environmental waste and allows you to conveniently check your email from your computer, smartphone, or tablet to check your vehicle and driver’s license renewal notices. You can opt-in for paperless notices through settings in your MyDMV account. If you’re concerned about your security and privacy being compromised, rest assured that emails will not display your full driver’s license number.

With more Californians renewing their registration online, the DMV will only send return envelopes to customers who are likely to use them – those whose most recent payments were made by mail. This action, coinciding with vehicle registrations with September expiration dates, will save more than 2 million envelopes a month.

The DMV offers most services online, which not only makes your life easier but also helps to save paper. You can renew your driver’s license or vehicle registration, update your address, or fill out applications for a driver’s license or REAL ID all online. Although DMV field offices will remain open, you can save much more time completing these tasks online. You can also use the new Service Advisor feature on the DMV website to learn about what options you have to complete your DMV business either online or in person.

Renewing your vehicle registration or driver’s license is a breeze online. You can even pay your renewal fees on the DMV website with a debit or credit card instead of mailing a check, cashier’s check, or money order. If you ever lose or misplace your driver’s license, you can easily order a replacement online. 

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