Los Angeles DUI DMV Offices
This page contains information about the DMV Office of Driver Safety in Los Angeles County. As you may know, the DMV has jurisdiction over your driver’s license, and under a separate process from your court date, when you are arrested for DUI, you are required to contact the DMV driver safety office within 10 days of your arrest.
Which office you are required to contact depends very much on the exact city where your arrest took place. The following are all the offices in LA county that handle DMV hearings from a DUI arrest (or what the DMV calls “admin per se hearings”).
City of Commerce
- 5801 E. Slauson Avenue, Suite 250, 90040-3050
- Phone (323) 724-4000
Fax (323) 724-9262
- 1365 N. Grand Ave., Suite 101, 91724-4048
- Phone (626) 974-7137
Fax (626) 974-7118
- 390 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 2075, 90245-4470
- Phone (310) 615-3500
Fax (310) 615-3581
- 6150 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 205, 91401-3333
- Phone (818) 376-4217
Fax (818) 376-4215
So which office is best for you to contact? The DMV divides Los Angeles County into four regions:
- If your DUI arrest was in any of the beach cities, from a Long Beach DUI all the way North to Malibu, including Torrance, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, etc,. then your hearing is generally going to be at the El Segundo Branch.
- If your DUI arrest was in any part of Los Angeles city, including South-Central LA, or East LA, Downey DUI, Norwalk, or downtown, your hearing is generally going to be at the Commerce DMV office.
- If your DUI arrest was in any part of the Valley, or Northwest LA county, including San Fernando, Van Nuys, Reseda, Chatsworth, etc., then your case will be at the Van Nuys DMV office of driver safety.
- If your DUI was in North Eastern Los Angeles County, but not in the City of Los Angeles, like Pomona, West Covina, etc., then your DMV hearing will be in the Covina office.
The DMV Office of Driver Safety Hearing Office is not the regular Branch Office.
You will find different types of DMV offices: there are standard branch offices that most people know about, that contain long lines and staff that handles driver tests, registration paperwork and license renewals. Then, there are offices called “Driver Safety Offices” or DSO’s. DSO offices handle hearings that limit or restrict eligibility for driver’s licenses.
APS, Physical & Mental, and Negligent Operator Hearings: You have a right to an attorney at each of these types of hearings.
Driver Safety Office (DSO) offices are concerned with driver license restrictions or limitations for safety related issues. These include:
–DUI (which are handled in an APS or “administrative per se” hearing)
–P & M (Shortened} for “Physical and Mental”) hearings where someone with a medical problem can have their license suspended or limited.
–Negligent Operator hearings (Where a Driver has built up too many “points” and faces a suspension centered on a poor driving record)
In both APS and P&M hearings, drivers possess an absolute right to a legal professional to be their advocate for them. (Lawyers are not provided free of charge for indigent people, like public defenders are in criminal court cases). Although a free legal professional is not a right, a driver facing an APS or P&M hearing has the right to retain the services of an attorney to help them:
-Prepare proof for the hearing;
-Subpoena documents or other facts that will help the driver;
-Cross-examine witnesses that may testify against the driver; and
-Object and move to strike inadmissible data in the hearing itself.
APS or P&M proceedings are not “informal interviews” or everyday occurrences. They are serious legal procedures that impact the driver’s license privileges of the people involved and can cause suspensions as short as thirty days to as long as a life time ban on driving a car.
What happens at a DMV Hearing?
At a typical hearing for a DUI case, a DMV worker called a “Hearing Officer” will conduct the proceedings. The hearing happens in an office that can seat the Hearing Official and up to 2 people. During the hearing, the Hearing Officer acts as judge, jury AND prosecutor, analyzing all the evidence presented by the DMV has in the case. Evidence in DMV hearings is usually by means of sworn police reports and lab reports. Witnesses may be called in to testify, and do so under an oath, given by the Hearing Officer.
If you have questions about DMV hearings, and would like to speak to someone, contact our firm. We are happy to help.