spring flowers blooming along a scenic northern CA road in Yosemite

California DMV Services

Head to your local AAA office to take care of many common DMV tasks.

AAA Members can take advantage of over-the-counter DMV services at all AAA offices in Northern California. Members can renew registration, file a transfer of ownership, request duplicate license plates, and more.

We recommend calling your local AAA branch to confirm availability of DMV services. Some locations accept appointments.

The following DMV services are available at AAA offices in Northern California:

  • Apply for and pick up disabled license plates and temporary placards
  • Duplicate license plates
  • Duplicate registration certificates
  • Duplicate title
  • Out-of-state transfers to California for most automobiles and light commercial vehicles
  • Personalized license plates
  • Registration renewal
  • Reinstate registrations suspended due to lapse in insurance
  • Replacement registration stickers
  • Temporary operating permits
  • Transfer of ownership

In Northern California, over-the-counter DMV services are available in AAA branches to Members only.

Limited-service DMV Now kiosks are available in some AAA locations (see below). These self-service DMV kiosks accept credit and debit cards for payment; additional fees apply.

Bring the following with you to the AAA office:

  • Valid AAA Membership Card
  • Valid driver’s license, government-issued ID, or DMV ID card
  • California DMV paperwork. For vehicle-specific transactions, your name must be on the vehicle title or registration paperwork.
  • Your payment for DMV services. Credit cards, debit cards, and cash are accepted for most transactions.

Effective March 1, 2021, a fee of up to 1.72% will be charged by AAA NCNU when you pay for a CA DMV transaction by credit card. This fee is charged to help cover our costs for processing credit card payments that are made for CA DMV transactions. The fee does not apply when paying by cash or debit card. We do not accept payment by check.

The following services are not offered at AAA offices. Make an appointment with the California DMV by calling 800-777-0133 or visiting dmv.ca.gov.

  • Permit and license tests
  • Smog check
  • New vehicle registration
  • Dealer transfers
  • Real ID
  • Vehicle safety inspections
  • Correctable violation (fix-it ticket) signoff
  • Salvage certificate
  • Original/new vehicle transactions of any type
  • Out-of-state transfers for any off-road vehicles, motorcycles, or vessels
  • Select correctable violation payments
  • Out-of-country vehicle (grey market) conversion
  • Print out driver history reports
  • All other DMV Services not available at a AAA branch

Northern California AAA locations with DMV services

Please call the office you plan to visit to confirm the availability of the over-the-counter or kiosk services you need.

I was amazed.

I could take care of everything at one window, with one supercompetent human and no extra costs.

—Colin Grant, Alameda, CA

Certain restrictions apply. DMV services offered may vary depending on location; please contact your local AAA office for details on available over-the-counter and/or kiosk services. In Northern California, over-the-counter service available to AAA Members only. Select offices have limited-service DMV-in-a-Box kiosks available for non-Member use. (DMV charges a fee for kiosk services.)