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(Hawaii News Now)   Old and busted: Live webcams show you how backed up things are on the freeway. New hotness: Live webcams show you how backed up things are at the DMV   (hawaiinewsnow.com) divider line 20
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2013-02-27 09:52:39 AM  
Jefferson County offers live camera feeds to County Clerk offices and has done so for many years. While I am unaware of a similar service for licensing offices, the concept is not dissimilar.
 
2013-02-27 10:00:39 AM  
You don't need to go to the DMV to get a state ID card in Hawaii. Look at this one I picked up at Waikiki Mart down on Kalakaua

cdn.alohaupdate.com
 
2013-02-27 10:04:29 AM  
It's special to watch how slowly those government office workers move during their shift but then suddenly move with the speed of a cheetah when it's 4 o'clock and time to lock that door.
 
2013-02-27 10:04:48 AM  

Dimensio: Jefferson County offers live camera feeds to County Clerk offices and has done so for many years. While I am unaware of a similar service for licensing offices, the concept is not dissimilar.


ODOT has had a similar setup at the DEQ test stations since at least 2006. Not exactly the same, but it's definitely not a very new idea.
 
2013-02-27 10:04:52 AM  
In California you can make an appointment, and they're very good about handling them. I've never spent more than about 15 minutes at the DMV.
 
2013-02-27 10:09:40 AM  

pudding7: In California you can make an appointment, and they're very good about handling them. I've never spent more than about 15 minutes at the DMV.


^This^. Last time I went, it was less than five minutes from check-in until I was called to a window, and then about 10 minutes at the window. The whole experience was shockingly painless.
 
2013-02-27 10:17:15 AM  
Pay them commission. Then see how fast they move people through.
 
2013-02-27 10:20:06 AM  
Bottom line: Friggin cameras everywhere.
 
2013-02-27 10:20:33 AM  
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2013-02-27 10:21:57 AM  
If you make an appointment for a drivers license renewal in Florida, it only takes 90 minutes!
 
2013-02-27 10:25:32 AM  
Oddly, I have never experienced substantial delays when attempting to renew my driver's license.
 
2013-02-27 10:58:55 AM  
I wish they would video tape the sight test. I watched an older lady admit she couldn't read lines and was still given a pass.
 
2013-02-27 11:12:45 AM  
I used to work across the street from a DMV (actually MVD in that state). I could see when the line was long and when it was not.

I waited until the line was short since I was a recent migrant to that state and waltzed right in and registered my car and got my license.

Here's a clue. Don't go on a Monday - ever. Also, don't go near the end of the month or the beginning of the month either.

Your best hope is on a Wednesday as close to the middle of the month as you can, probably about 3 in the afternoon.

I've moved since then, but in a small town I took that wisdom and there was only 1 person in line ahead of me. I was in and out in about 5 minutes. Then the governor said he wanted to close a bunch of lesser used DMV offices and there was much complaining but seriously how bad is it? I've been to the DMV twice in the past 8 years and one time it took 5 minutes - the 2nd time was in a slightly larger city after they closed a bunch of their offices and it took about 30 minutes.

Quite often you can renew your license by mail or online. I would have been able to do that, except that I hadn't had an eye test and I'm old enough that they wanted me to swear that I had had one and I wasn't going to lie. Lying might actually be a crime, so I showed up, took a number, played with my phone and before I knew it I was done.

Maybe the DMV is worse where you live, but it's really not that bad in my experience.
 
2013-02-27 11:19:43 AM  
When I moved to IL I was shocked at how quickly I got my DL in the middle of downtown Chicago. I walked out, new license in hand, within 20 minutes of arriving including taking the written test. Maybe it's because the service at that location were more limited so there were fewer people. It was 10:30 AM on a Tuesday and there was no waiting for any part of the process.

The scariest part for me about getting licenses in multiple states now is the thing that I've seen at every testing center, and that's people failing their written tests multiple times and declining to see the book before trying again. It's always multiple people and sometimes it's their 2nd or 3rd try (generally 3rd fail means you have to wait a couple of weeks to try again). What kind of plan is it that you're maybe going to hopefully get lucky and get just enough right to pass instead of learning how to drive? I've taken a lot of those tests and they're never difficult.
 
2013-02-27 11:28:33 AM  
Worked in Honolulu for a couple years, and... yeah.  Sit and wait for your license, so you can sit and wait for traffic on "interstates" that don't even go to the next county.  Thankfully their bus system is one of the best around.
 
2013-02-27 11:41:36 AM  

Pick: If you make an appointment for a drivers license renewal in Florida, it only takes 90 minutes!


i did it online and they mailed it to me. took 2 minutes and it was available well before my old one expired
 
2013-02-27 11:47:50 AM  
I've been to hell I spell it... I spell it DMV.
 
2013-02-27 01:43:44 PM  
I makes no difference if there's fifty people ahead of you or one, it still takes an hour and a half.
 
2013-02-27 03:28:37 PM  

tarheel07: Pay them commission. Then see how fast they move people through.


A significant part of delays is due to idiots who don't know what they want, what they need to get it, or how to pay for it.
 
2013-02-27 08:46:44 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: tarheel07: Pay them commission. Then see how fast they move people through.

A significant part of delays is due to idiots who don't know what they want, what they need to get it, or how to pay for it.


Yep.  My not-so CSB (And this was totally my fault):

I move to CA with temp plates, and I'm legally required to get CA plates in 10 days.  I haven't received title yet (and didn't until 2 months later).  Make an appointment at the DMV.  I show up, and start filling out paperwork.  They call me up before I'm done.  They let me finish to the best of my ability, and then they kick me out to go through inspection (which I didn't know I needed, being from MI).  They screw me for $1000 in taxes and a $200 registration fee, which I don't have.  Since I haven'treceived title,  I can't actually get plates.  They let me go with a moving permit good until April.

/Still haven't gotten plates yet.
//Luckily, I had heard about the BS smog tests prior.
///Seriously, where do teenagers get cars from in CA?  There's no way they would let the average beater car on the roads there.
 
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