Update 9:56 a.m. DMV spokesperson Mike Marando says the department is experiencing an "intermittent network computer outage affecting various offices throughout the state." Marando says typically this type of interruption lasts anywhere from 20 minutes to a couple of hours.
He says in the interim, field offices are set up to complete transactions by hand and that customers can still take driving tests. Managers are on site to work with customers who have missed appointments, Marando says.
Update 1:30 p.m. Journalist Kara Swisher finally gave up at the San Francisco DMV:
@KQEDnews they were doing nothing in SF and said they could not except for paper tests (but could not record them)
— Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) March 16, 2012
A few people, including tech journalist Kara Swisher in San Francisco, have sent out tweets that DMV computers are down statewide. We haven't confirmed that yet, but here's a tweet from the DMV:
DMV is currently experiencing technical difficulties that may affect customer transactions. We appreciate your patience.
— CA DMV (@CA_DMV) March 16, 2012
We'll let you know more when we find out.