Whether you’re getting your first license or renewing your vehicle plates, if you live in Ohio, visiting an Ohio Bureau Motor of Vehicles office is a fact of life we all have to face from time to time. In order to drive or own a vehicle, be a person (at least according to your Ohio state ID card or Ohio driver’s license), and do a lot of other things, it’s necessary to endure the dreaded lines at an Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles office.
But while we have to go to the department of motor vehicles in order to drive, we don’t have to be driven crazy by taking care of business at them. Here are some standby tips to remember to make the ride on the good ol’ Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles train far less painless.
Avoid going to your Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles around the holidays
What is it about the holidays that make everyone get mad crazy rushed to get things done? Maybe it’s having extra time off that makes people realize their license has expired or their vehicle registration renewal is coming up SOON, but most Ohio Bureau of Vehicles offices are busy with lots of people renewing registrations, getting new plates, and the like around major and minor holidays.
Don’t plan on an Ohio Bureau of Motor vehicle office to be open on any holiday, either. Don’t go to the department of motor vehicles to take your driving test on Martin Luther King Day to take your driving test. A good rule of thumb is that if your bank isn’t open, then neither will your DMV be.
Check for the closest Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Office to you
Check the Internet to find out just exactly which Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Office is nearest to you. It may seem like common sense, but many of us otherwise intelligent souls may head for what we think is the closest DMV to get our address changed or a title transferred without verifying it first, wasting precious time driving. With many offices in 88 counties, there is sure to be an Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles office nearer than you think.
Leave the plastic at home
When it comes to paying for your temporary permit packet, CDL license, registration renewal, or whatever else you need, every Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles office will send ya packin’ if ya pull out the plastic. Bring cash, check, or money order (nope, not even debit cards will do) to pay your fees at any Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles office.
Stay at home
I’ve saved the best for last when it comes to painless dealings with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles office. Stay at home and let your fingers do the walking – all over the net. Many sites have detailed information, fee schedules and more when it comes to department of motor vehicle business.
You can download many forms right off the Internet, fill them out at home, and save time acquiring and filling them out while you’re at the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Office.
You can even do some of your Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles business right online. You can perform online title inquiries, online vehicle registration and renewal, online change of address, and more right from your home pc. The DMV may drive all of us, but it doesn’t have to drive us crazy.
So before tug on your boots and walk out into the snow, keep on your slippers and see what Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles business you can take care of in cyber space!
In addition to being a freelance journalist with PULSEMEDIA International, Ms. Finley is also a creative writer and a graduate student of English at Cleveland State University. She lives in Rome, Ohio with her husband and three young children.