Take the Express Lane Through the DMV

The DMV is a state-level government agency that administers vehicle registration and licensing. This means that while the DMV probably isn’t your final destination, it’s an integral part in getting you there. The problem is, everyone needs the DMV. Remember though—just because there’s a line—doesn’t mean you have to wait in it. Here are three ways you can improve your DMV experience and skip the line altogether.

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1. Use MyDMV to take care of your DMV needs online

Fun fact: 35% of all DMV transactions can be done online. That’s over one-third of all DMV interactions, taken care of from the comfort of your own home. There are 28 services offered currently including: registration renewals on cars, trucks and off-highway vehicles, new vehicle registrations, address changes, driver history reports, movement permits and registration cancellations, insurance updates, driver's license renewals and more. You can find a full list of services here.

Not only does the MyDMV online account allow you to skip your trip to the DMV altogether, signing up is easy. MyDMV is available just about 24/7.

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2. Use kiosks to take care of your DMV needs

A great way to avoid visiting the DMV is to utilize a “DMV in a Box.” These kiosks can be found all throughout Nevada, with 30 stations situated at partner locations like Albertson’s, Scolari’s, AAA, the UNLV and UNR Student Unions and more. Additionally, kiosks can be found at 11 DMV locations.

Kiosks are self-service, update your records instantly and accept credit cards, cash or even checks as payment. Services are offered in both English and Spanish and can be used to print out many of your DMV requests on the spot; such as vehicle registrations, plate decals and driver history reports.

See Kiosks for more information on locations and a list of all the services they can provide.

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3. Use Dash Pass to set an appointment

While MyDMV and the “DMV in a Box” kiosks are incredibly useful, sometimes you can’t avoid visiting an actual DMV location. Even in this case, however, you can still skip the wait with Dash Pass Appointment. Just go online, enter your cell phone number and pick a date. Schedule an appointment up to 30 days in advance, then arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled time to enjoy a much more streamlined DMV experience. You’ll even have a separate line for check in—just look for the “Appointments” sign near the information counter.

Dash Pass Appointment is offered at almost every DMV location. You can learn more about the system or schedule an appointment here.

Remember, utilizing some of these tools will not only improve your DMV experience, it will help you get where you’re going faster.