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DMV Rolling Out Self-Serve Grocery Store Kiosks

California DMV

A DMV booth that will be at this year's State Fair featuring one of the self-serve kiosks. People can bring their license renewal form to the fair and get their new registration and license plate tag.

California DMV

Drivers who need to renew their registration and want to avoid the DMV altogether may be able to visit their neighborhood grocery store.

The DMV has put a dozen self-serve kiosks into Albertsons, Vons and Superior Grocers in the Los Angeles area.

Jessica Gonzalez with the DMV said the department started putting terminals in field offices in 2010 and there are now 60 of them in locations around the state.

"But we wanted to take them outside of our field office and be able to offer our customers a service without having to come in," Gonzalez said. "Obviously we have our online services, but this is a way to offer more convenience."

Currently the kiosks only process registration renewals or non-operation applications.

"You can instantly renew your vehicle registration meaning right then and there you can get your registration card and your license plate tag," she said.

Gonzalez said the department is considering adding driver license renewals and other services.

The DMV plans to expand to the Bay Area later this summer and will have a booth at the State Fair featuring a kiosk.

Sally Schilling

Reporter/Podcast Producer

Sally Schilling is a Davis native and a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She has reported on redwood poachers robbing national forests in Humboldt County and the dangers of melting tropical glaciers in the Peruvian Andes.  Read Full Bio 

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