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Tip #1

Go Online

Many DMV transactions can now be processed using their online services.The easiest way to avoid waiting at DMV branches is to first check to see if you can complete your transaction online.

Tip #2

Avoid the DMV

If services are not available online, consider completing transactions by mail, or at a AAA branch office (for members only).

Tip #3

Time it Right

If you have to go – visit the DMV during off-peak times – which are typically mid-week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Tip #4

Avoid the Peaks

Peak periods include:
  • Mondays and Fridays
  • The first & last days of each month
  • The days before and after a state holiday
  • School vacation weeks.

Tip #5

Come Prepared

  • To further reduce your wait times, utilize the DMV’s document checklists ahead of time.
  • Completing all required forms prior to going to DMV streamlines the transaction process and helps the DMV serve you in a more efficient and timely manner.

Tip #6

Plan Accordingly

If you have to visit during peak periods, the DMV wants you to be aware that the average wait is usually longer and you should plan accordingly by leaving ample time.

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