One of worst places to spend your free time is the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and the experience can be frustrating and even infuriating for the first timer. The process of taking a number, sitting and waiting for hours, filling out mountains of paperwork, and then waiting some more can seem as painful as having teeth pulled. The following tips and steps, provided on behalf of Thornton Chevrolet, a Chevy dealer serving the York, Harrisburg, Hanover regions in Pennsylvania, will help your DMV experience go smoothly:
Before you enter the DMV, be sure to prepare all of the necessary materials. For example, it is important to bring along something to occupy your time as you wait, as the DMV can have wait times of up to five hours during their busiest times. The option of taking a number and returning later is available, but, because you can never know how long the people ahead of you will take, be sure to be conservative with your time estimates so you don’t miss your number. If your number is called and you are absent, you will have to start over. Come with all needed materials for the action you are trying to complete.
License and IDs
The requirements for obtaining a driver’s license vary from state to state. In order to obtain a driver’s license, many states require drivers to obtain a permit for a certain amount of time and then pass a test for the license. Requirements can include proof of your age, proof of your residence in the state of the test, passing a vision test, and passing knowledge or written tests. For drivers under the age of eighteen, a parent or guardian may be required to be a witness and sponsor of the license.
Identification cards are also available at DMVs. Identification cards may be used if one does not want a driver’s license but wishes to have official identification for job applications, tobacco or alcohol purchases, and other activities that require state-issued photo identification.
At the Department of Motor Vehicles, you can change your address or information on your driver’s license, renew your license, replace your driver’s license, and even register to vote. DMVs, although sometimes frustrating, provide resources to new and old drivers alike.
Vehicle registration is required for every vehicle driving on the roads in the United States. There are multiple types of registrations for passenger vehicles, motorcycles, and trucks. Duplicate registrations are also available.
A license plate and sticker are needed on every vehicle as well, and these can also be obtained at the DMV. There are different fees and requirements for each option, depending on the state, though, so be sure to check the requirements for your state before you go to the DMV. Knowing what is needed for your vehicle registration before you walk into the DMV will save you unnecessary stress and help make your time at the DMV go smoothly.
The DMV doesn’t have to be a day-ruining experience. If you come prepared with the necessary materials and something to kill time while you wait and if you know what to expect before you go, your time spent there can be short and efficient. Thornton Auto is south central Pennsylvania’s premier Chevy dealer, serving York, Harrisburg and Lancaster, and is available to answer all of your vehicle and transportation-related questions.