No one likes going to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), in fact, most people would probably choose getting a root canal over waiting in one of those long lines. At the end of the day, a root canal procedure is shorter, and in some cases, less painful. Case in point, going to the DMV is not a fun day at the park, so here are the most common complaints about visiting America’s least favorite waiting room.
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Waiting, waiting, and more waiting
As you can already imagine, everyone’s biggest complaint is having to wait in line. It doesn’t matter if your local DMV has a number system to help things go a little smoother, or if you’re even able to make an appointment ahead of time, you’re going to be waiting in some fashion. Whether you’re there to take a driver’s license test, renew your car’s registration, or even just sort out some paperwork, you can easily be sure to spend a few hours at the DMV.
In case you didn’t know, the DMV is a government-funded agency and there’s a limit to what the employees can and cannot do, which means that some offices in some states may have a better system than others. For example, in Nevada, the DMV has the ability to hold your place in line and it will even text you when it’s your turn so that you don’t have to physically wait at the office. On the contrary, the DMV system in New Jersey only offers appointments in three of its locations, and those appointments are only for inspections, which means they operate solely on a “first-come, first-serve” basis, so you can be sure you’ll be waiting a while if you live there.
Woman and daughter enter the Denver DMV to get a driver’s license | Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images
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What can you do to get a better DMV experience?
If you do need to visit the DMV in the future, there are ways that you make the experience quicker and easier. Always make sure to make an appointment first and make sure that you have all of the forms you need to bring with you. If you are unsure of all of the forms you need, then call the number for your local DMV office and make sure you get someone on the line to help you. Doing so could save you a lot of time and effort in the long run.