It’s your day off work and you have big plans. You’re going to the DMV!
For most people, DMV visits are a nightmare. Let’s be real—who wants to spend their free time sitting in a line to register a vehicle or renew a license?
With these DMV time-saving tips, you won’t have to. Keep reading to find out how you can zip through the DMV.
Many people prefer to do things online these days due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For this reason, many DMVs around the country have vamped up their online services. Not only can you minimize your risk of Covid-19, but you’ll also save yourself a lot of your free time.
Go to your state’s DMV website and see if what service you’re looking for can be done online. You’ll need to create an account and log in before you can take advantage of the services available.
Common online services are change in address, vehicle registration, vehicle registration renewal, and duplicate registration. Need an immediate license plate? Click here!
Use Snail Mail
Although using mail isn’t always the fastest way to do your DMV business, it is still very effective and reliable.
If what you need to do isn’t available online, check to see if there are forms available to print and mail in.
Use a Dash Pass Appointment
Want to skip the wait to get your DMV calling number? Make an appointment online! You can schedule an appointment online up to 30 days in advance.
Simply go online, enter your phone number and pick a date. This can easily cut your DMV wait time in half and is by far one of the easiest time-saving tips.
If you must go in person to the DMV, then going more than you need probably isn’t on your to-do list. Make sure you have all the right documents, forms, and appropriate payment with you when you make your visit.
You can oftentimes call or check online to see what documents you need to bring with you when you visit.
Go At the Right Times
The DMV has rush hours just like any other place (some DMV’s provide actual wait time averages). The obvious rush-hour times are weekends, lunchtimes, and just before after work hours. A lot of people will try and fit a DMV visit in an extended lunch period or peel out of work a little early to get to the DMV before it closes.
The best days to go to the DMV are midweek days. This is because most people are productive at the beginning of the week, or take days off closer to their weekend.
If you really want to beat the crowd, line up 15 minutes before they open. Very few people think to do this and you’d be surprised how quickly you can get in and out this way.
Your time is valuable. Why spend it waiting at the DMV? Use these time-saving tips to make quick work of your DMV visit.
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