DMV Contacts


The Department of Motor Vehicles – Investigations Division is geographically organized into 3 Regions; Northern, Central, and Southern. Consisting of 9 Area Commands with 26 district supervisors directly supervising 26 district offices and 11 satellite offices. 

In addition, the Department has an internal investigations unit tasked with investigating allegations of employee misconduct. The Special Operations Command is located in Sacramento with 4 district supervisors directly supervising 3 district offices and 1 technical services unit.

It is the responsibility of the Area Commander to monitor division programs and services provided to the public. The Area Commander directs services through the Supervising Investigator at the district level.

Supervising Investigators oversee complex criminal, administrative, and civil investigations conducted by sworn investigators of the department involving

In the performance of their duties and under the general oversight of the Area Commander, DMV Supervising Investigators and Investigators investigate the following types of crimes:

  • Unlicensed dealer activity;
  • Unlicensed dismantler activity;
  • Identity theft;
  • Financial fraud;
  • Fraudulent and counterfeit DMV documents;
  • Vehicle identification and Odometer fraud;
  • Vehicle industry fraud (consumer fraud);
  • DMV related high tech computer crimes; and
  • Internal investigations.

To further investigations, DMV Investigators utilize some investigative techniques such as:

  • Participate in surveillance and undercover operations;
  • Prepare and serve search and arrest warrants;
  • Testify as expert witnesses; and
  • Work in cooperation with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION GEOGRAPHIC JURISDICTION


The Area Commander’s report to a Deputy Chief for each region.


Region I – Northern California

Vacant, Deputy Chief

2120 Broadway MS-215

Sacramento, CA 95818


Region I - Northern consists of the Bay, Central and Northern Area Commands.

The Bay Area Command has four Investigative District Offices which are located in Brisbane and Milpitas (three).  Please refer to DMV website at www.dmv.ca.gov for a listing of the office addresses and phone numbers.  To write or contact the Bay Area Commander:


Region I – Bay Area Command

Lisa Martinez, Area Commander

860 Hillview Court, Suite 100

Milpitas, CA 95035


The Central Area Command has three Investigative District Offices, which are located in Fresno, Bakersfield and Stockton.  Please refer to DMV website at www.dmv.ca.gov for a listing of the office addresses and phone numbers.  To write or contact the Central Area Commander:


Region I – Central Area Command

Tom Wilson, Area Commander

2510 S. East Avenue, Suite 100B

Fresno, CA 93706


The Northern Area Command has three Investigative District Offices which are located in Rocklin, Sacramento and Vallejo. Please refer to DMV website at www.dmv.ca.gov for a listing of the office addresses and phone numbers.  To write or contact the Northern Area Commander:


Region I – Northern Area Command

Mary Bienko, Area Commander

4240 Rocklin Road #11

Rocklin, CA 95677


Region II Southern California

Greg Huber, Deputy Chief

750 The City Drive, Suite 200

Orange, CA 92868


Region II Southern consists of the Inland, Orange and Southern Area Commands.

The Inland Area Command has two Investigative District Offices, which are located in Riverside.  Please refer to DMV website atwww.dmv.ca.gov for a listing of the office addresses and phone numbers.  To write or contact the Inland Area Commander:


Region II – Inland Area Command

Vacant, Area Commander

6296 River Crest Drive, Suite A

Riverside, CA 92507


The Orange Area Command has two Investigative District Offices, which are located in Orange, CA.  Please refer to DMV website atwww.dmv.ca.gov for a listing of the office addresses and phone numbers.  To write or contact the Orange Area Commander:


Region II – Orange Area Command

Dan Powers, Area Commander

750 The City Drive, Suite 200

Orange, CA 92868


The Southern Area Command has three Investigative District Offices, which are located in San Diego (two) and Chula Vista. Please refer to DMV website at www.dmv.ca.gov for a listing of the office addresses and phone numbers.  To write or contact the Southern Area Commander:


Region II – Southern Area Command

Paul Smith, Area Commander

2878 Camino Del Rio South #310

San Diego, CA 92108


Region III Central California

Vito Scattaglia, Deputy Chief

14400 Van Nuys Blvd.,

Arleta, CA 91331


Region III Central consists of the Midland, Pacific and Valley Area Commands.

The Midland Area Command has three Investigative District Offices, which are located in El Monte, Los Angeles, and West Covina.  Please refer to DMV website at www.dmv.ca.gov for a listing of the office addresses and phone numbers.  To write or contact the Midland Area Commander:


Region III – Midland Area Command

Eugene Devellerez, Area Commander

3204 Rosemead Boulevard #204

El Monte, CA 91731


The Pacific Area Command has three Investigative District Offices, which are located in Artesia (two) and Culver City.  Please refer to DMV website at www.dmv.ca.gov for a listing of the office addresses and phone numbers.  To write or contact the Pacific Area Commander:


Region III – Pacific Area Command

Stephanie Wheaton, Area Commander

621 N. La Brea Avenue

Inglewood, CA 90302


The Valley Area Command has three Investigative District Offices, which are located in Lincoln Park, Mission Hills, and Ventura. Please refer to DMV website at www.dmv.ca.gov for a listing of the office addresses and phone numbers.  To write or contact the Valley Area Commander:


Region III – Valley Area Command

Paula Lucero, Area Commander

15455 San Fernando Mission Blvd., #305

Mission Hills, CA 91345


SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND


The Special Operations Command has three Investigative District Offices, which are located in Sacramento, West Covina, and Riverside. Please refer to DMV website at www.dmv.ca.gov for a listing of the office addresses and phone numbers. To write or contact the Special Operations Commander;

Special Operations Command

Lilia Duarte, Area Commander

2120 Broadway, MS N215

Sacramento, CA 95818