Tips for Surviving the DMV

13 Jun

It’s official — I now have my Florida drivers license and license plate (FL only requires a back plate). It was pretty painless, but that hasn’t always been our experience in the past. In Houston, we had to drive 1 1/2 hours to the little town of Brenham (home of Blue Bell Ice Cream!) to avoid the long lines and big city hassles. That strategy worked out great — we were second in line and in & out within 15 minutes.

Here are some tips for surviving the often painful DMV experience:

1) Go during the middle of the month … not the end of the month.

2) Go early in the morning (try to arrive before the office opens)

3) When in Florida, go during the non-peak season (June, July, August)

4) Call ahead & ask what is required. Have your act together & you won’t be disappointed

5) Be nice … even if the workers obviously hate their jobs. If you sink to their level of grumpiness they can make your life a living hell. But make sure your friendliness is genuine. No one likes a phoney

6) If you live in a large metropolitan area, find out if you can secure your license and/or plates anywhere in the state. If so, you might consider driving to a nearby rural DMV office. Combine it with a day trip to save on time and gas

Thanks to the people at the Sarasota DMV for their fast and friendly service. I was so happy with the experience that I kicked in a few extra bucks for a save the sea turtles plate design and agreed to fill out organ donation paperwork. I would have gladly donated a piano as well, but I don’t own one at this time.  

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