What is a Notice from the California Department of Motor Vehicles?
All California drivers will receive some type of correspondence from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) at one time or another. The most common items received by drivers in the mail are “Notices.”
A Notice is the DMV’s way of informing a driver that he or she is required to take some type of action. The most common Notices received by drivers are:
There are however, more onerous “Notices” sent out by the DMV. Some of the most common are:
What action should I take after receiving a “Notice” from the DMV?
Everything the DMV does is time sensitive so you should assume a “Notice” is giving you a specific period of time to take a specific action. If you have received a “Notice” from the California Department of Motor Vehicles, it is best to read it and read it again. Make sure you are crystal clear as to what the Notice requires you to do and then get it done.
Although there is no legal requirement that a driver be represented at any DMV action, it can often be in the driver’s best interest to seek professional help to decipher the meaning of any Notice. A driver can enlist the assistance of an Administrative Advocate to explain the meaning of any Notice received from the DMV and to plan a proper response if necessary.