Tips When Going to Your DMV Office

Tips For Getting In & Out of the DMV Fast

We all dread it: that snake-like line that forms around the chairs and sometimes out
the door. Even with the invention of smart phones and iPads, the wait still feels
like forever. No one likes to take a whole day off work to run errands. The good
news is there are certain things you can do to make your visit to the Department of
Motor Vehicles as quick and painless as possible.

1. Visit the DMV office at the best times.
– Generally, the best days to visit a license branch are mid-week.
– Avoid Mondays and Fridays, which are the busiest days.
– Generally, the best times to visit a drivers license office is 9:30 – 11:30 am.
– Another good time to visit a drivers license office is 2 – 4 pm.
– Avoid the first and last day of the month and the day following a holiday.

2. Bring the appropriate payment with you.
– Arrive at the DMV office with cash or check.
– If you need to pay using credit, then do it online.

3. Do it from home, if possible.
– Save $3 on your license plate renewal by completing the online form.
– Save $5 on your title application by mailing it in.
– Renew your driver’s license online with your credit card.

4. Look for third party service providers.
– Need your plates renewed? Try a vehicle emission inspection station.
– Need a title or registration renewal? Check your state DMV website for a complete
list of Title-registration service providers.

5. Arrive at the DMV office prepared.
– Have proof of identity (license, permit, passport, military ID, marriage certificate)
– Know your social security number by heart or bring your card with you as proof of ID
– Bring proof of your name and birth date (birth certificate, passport, photo ID)
– Bring proof of your residency (utility bill, piece of mail, school transcript,
employer paycheck, bank account statement, medical assistance card)
– Bring proof of presence if you are an immigrant (certificate of citizenship or
naturalization, alien registration card, or temporary resident card)