When you are a busy mom, going to the DMV can seem even more dreadful than usual. It can even be easy to forget about vehicle registration altogether, which can turn into a costly problem if you are pulled over and your plates are expired. Fortunately, there are ways to simplify the process. Check out these helpful tips.
Check the DMV Hours
Be sure to check the hours the DMV is open. You can plan to go at a time that is convenient for you, and you can avoid arriving only to find that they are closed. It’s also best to avoid times when the DMV is likely to be crowded. These times can include right before or after holidays, during lunch hours or immediately before and after standard working hours.
Book an Appointment in Advance
This is not available in all areas, but some locations allow you to reserve a time at the DMV in advance. Take full advantage of this to avoid long wait times and fit the visit into your schedule instead of warping your schedule around the visit. It may be worth it to start going to another nearby DMV that does offer this service if it’s something you could truly benefit from.
Know What You Need Ahead of Time
Most states provide detailed information on what car owners need to bring with them in order to process their registration. Ensuring you have collected all these documents and have them with you when you go will expedite the process of getting your registration. For instance, if you need to renew your California registration, and if you aren’t sure what you need or have an unusual case, call ahead. Have a good idea of how much you will need to pay and be prepared for that as well.
Renew by Mail
It may be possible to renew your vehicle registration by mail. If so, this is likely the simplest, easiest way to do it. You can find out whether you are eligible for renewal by mail by looking on your state’s website or reading through the listed options on your renewal notice. Simply send off your check in addition to any information required by your state’s DMV.
Going to the DMV, no matter what service you need, does not have to be the source of a massive headache. Many states now offer more flexible options for getting your vehicle registered. Smart moms can use these shortcuts to get their vehicles taken care of during their busy routine.