Killing Time at the DMV


It is probably one of the most dreaded occurrences you will have to face in your lifetime. It is something no one looks forward to, but it needs to be done every once in a while so you have to try to make the best of it. The task at hand involves you going to the Department of Motor Vehicles, familiarly known as the DMV. Just the thought of it is often enough to send shivers down your spine. The place is often a labyrinth all of its own, with winding lines, stacks of forms, crying people and more. If you know you need to go to the DMV, there are some things that you can do to make the trip better and help you kill time while you are marooned on the line.

Make Sure You Need to Go – As painful as it can be, the fact is that he DMV has worked to make many of the tasks that you previously had to go for things that you can do right from your own home. Many of the processes, such as renewing your registration, driver’s license, changing your address, getting your driving record and more can be done online so you never have to set foot in the DMV. Of course, there are things you still need to go for, but your state’s DMV site can tell you what processes are available online, what needs to be done in person, and often the forms you need are available to print out so you do not have to waste time filling them out there.


Research – Not only do you want to research what forms and paperwork you will need for particular processes you are doing at the DMV, but you can also learn about what the best and worst days of the week and times are to visit your local DMV. Most websites will give you the times and days when the shortest wait times can be expected, which is usually first thing in the morning (around 8 AM) and after the afternoon lunch crowd leaves (around 2 PM). This can help cut down your waiting time there.

Be Productive – Even after you have done all of your planning and research, going to the DMV can be very unpredictable. You never know what you are going to hit or experience, so be prepared to bring something with you to pass the time. Think of going to the DMV like it was taking that long car ride with your parents. You want something to read, a movie or podcast to watch, do some knitting, a crossword puzzle, learn a language or even try to engage with others online to pass the time.


If you have everything you need with you and take the right attitude and approach going into your venture to the DMV it can be a lot better for you. The time may seem like it passes more quickly and you can get in and out of there without too much damage to your psyche and blood pressure being done.
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