I’m pretty sure everyone hates going to the DMV. The lines are super long, there are a lot of weirdos there, and everything has to be way more complicated than they should be. It took me over 2 hours to change my ID to reflect my true sex.
There are few things that people dread more than trips to the DMV. It took over 2 months for me to convince Lauren to go to change her last name (and address). Now, New Jersey won’t even let you smile for your picture.
Well, I just found out something awesome: there’s a way to completely skip the long lines and avoid the DMV for many common situations.
Over the past several years, the DMV has allowed many people to process some transactions online, but you still have to go in for many license and registration changes.
Most DMV registration services are available at your local AAA branch. This includes registration stickers, drive’s license address changes, and vehicle transfers.
Usually, AAA lines are much shorter than DMV lines, and while you can’t make an appointment at the AAA branch, my experiences there have been very friendly and quick. Very few weirdos.
Also note that all DMV services must be paid for by cash or check.
Here’s a full list of what DMV services are available at AAA branches:
- Vehicle and vessel registration renewals
- Duplicate registration and stickers
- Driver’s license change of address
- Release of liability
- Used vehicle transfers
- New and used boat transfers
- Duplicate plates
- Parking placards
- Personalized license plates
- Disabled plates
- Off Highway Vehicle Registration Renewal
Readers, did you know about this already? Would you take advantage?