Working Parents Rejoice: California DMV Offers Weekend Hours, Online Options

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Being a parent is arguably one of the most rewarding things a human can do in their lifetime. Waiting at the DMV has become arguably one of the least rewarding things a human can do in their lifetime. 

Have you found yourself taking a day off of work or skipping your lunch to head to the DMV to replace a lost driver's license, or get yours renewed? Many officials at the California DMV have considered the inconveniences of being a hard-working parent, and have adjusted DMV hours to reflect the busy lives of those who need DMV services. 

In California, select DMV offices are now open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, allowing working parents to get their DMV business finished before they attend work. More importantly, select offices will now be open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This change includes over 60 field offices in all parts of California including offices within the following major cities: 

•          San Francisco

•          San Jose

•          Los Angeles

Weekends are precious times for working parents who often sacrifice 16-hour days during the week with work and childcare duties. According to the California DMV's website, this expansion from 43 to 60 field offices with weekend hours is part of a continued effort to reduce wait times for all. 

In addition, the DMV has offered a few tips to help mitigate trips and speed up wait times as well. 

Avoid Real ID Document Mishaps

For those seeking Real ID's, you canvisit this website to make sure you come prepared with the required documents. There is nothing worse than showing up to the DMV, waiting, and being told to leave and come back with different forms of ID.

Get Paperwork Done Online

You can also fill out your driver's license documents online now, so that you can cut down on time at the DMV. The online applications can be quickly accessed by technicians at DMV locations and reviewed to expedite your visit. Fill out your application here.

Ask Yourself: Do I Really Need To Go?

It's always good to visit the DMV website before booking an appointment or going to wait in person. Online access can be used to renew driver's licenses, ID Cards, and can also be a portal to pay your registration fees. If you want to get fancy, you can also do your personalized license plates through theCalifornia DMV's website. 

Visit a Terminal Instead

It is 2019, and the DMV uses self-service terminals called DMV NOW. They are a much faster way to renew your vehicle registration and they have the ability to take payments and print documents. This way, you can save yourself a trip to the DMV and still get your business done. Here is a list of locations for DMV NOW terminals in California. They are mainly in grocery stores.

Weekdays are notoriously tough for working parents. Their mornings are consumed with trying to get their children off to school, and then they're usually rushing out the door to head into the office. With Southern California and Bay Area traffic being some of the most time-consuming in the nation, it's no wonder that government agencies are taking notice and extending hours.

Though weekdays are tough for everyone to get to the DMV, there are alternatives for you mainly online. So before you go, and interrupt your busy day make sure tovisit our site for further hacks on how to cut your time at the DMV down.