Tips for the DMV: Avoiding Lines, Boredom, and Unpreparedness

Few things are more dreaded in American society than a trip to the DMV. Nevertheless, you can’t always avoid going, especially if you move to a new state or purchase a new vehicle. That’s why the team here at DeLillo Chevrolet has written a post on tips for the DMV. On your next trip, you’ll hopefully be a little more prepared for the long lines and boredom.

Tips For The DMV - DeLillo Chevrolet - Huntington Beach, CA

LifeHacker suggests doing as much as possible online. Though that might sound obvious, few people realize just how much you can do using the online DMV website. For instance, you can renew your ID and license plates, request driving records, change your address, and more. Just make sure to use the DMV website for California.

If you can’t avoid heading to the DMV, make sure you have all the necessary paperwork. Most of the information about paperwork is listed online. For instance, getting a used car requires a title, bill of sale, odometer reading, emission-test certification, and the VIN number. If you’re getting an ID, you usually need multiple forms of ID (SS card, passport, etc.), proof of your current address, and payment.

Research the best times to go. Here’s when NOT to go (typically):

  • Before or after a holiday
  • Beginning or end of a month
  • Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays (beginning and end of week)
  • During lunch or after 5pm

Many DMVs list the optimum hours for a short wait. Even if you think you can avoid the long wait, bring something to do like a book, game, or newspaper. Those are just some of the things to keep in mind the next time you’re thinking about going to the DMV.