Don’t freak out people. This is not a big deal. Just plan ahead. If you are a AAA member you can process almost anything you can do at the DMV at the AAA office on Valencia Blvd. (and they are also open a couple Saturday’s a month). Plus the people are nicer because they aren’t state employees.
There are also quite a few transactions that can be done online, like renewing your drivers license or registration to name a couple. You can also make appointments online at the DMV website.