There are three certain and unavoidable truths in life: Death, taxes, and long wait lines at the DMV.

According to, the average person waits 44 minutes to receive service.

But before you head out to renew your license or apply for a tag, be sure to read this article first.

Here are some tips on how you can make your next trip to the DMV a cinch.

Get There Early

Heading to your local DMV is a lot like tackling any other annoying task — the sooner you get it over with, the sooner it’s done.

One great way to speed up your trip is by arriving at the DMV right as doors open.

You may not be the only person there, but lines will still be shorter.

Hope For The Best, Prepare For The Worst

44 minutes may not seem like a lot of time initially. But if you’ve ever been to the DMV, you know that 44 minutes can soon turn into an hour, then 90 minutes.

Before you know it, your whole afternoon is shot.

Your best bet is to block off a chunk of time, such as a morning or afternoon, in case your trip to the DMV runs long.

At best, you’ll be in and out with plenty of time to spare. At worst, you’ll have to spend more time in the DMV but you won’t need to check your clock constantly.

Schedule an Appointment

Though they get a lot of flack, the DMV seems well aware of their reputation.

To help customers out, many state DMV offices will let you schedule an appointment online, so you can skip the line entirely.

The NY DMV, for instance, makes scheduling your DMV appointment easy. All you have to do is show up at your given time — no more waiting!

Charge Your Phone

Standing in line or sitting in a waiting area aren’t exactly anyone’s ideas of an exciting time.

To combat boredom, make sure your phone is fully charged.

Though you’ll want to make sure you’re paying enough attention to hear your number called, browsing Instagram TV or playing games on your phone is a great way to pass time.

Know What You Need Before Leaving The House

So many trips to the DMV end in frustration, and not only because of long waiting times.

Too many times, a person gets to the front counter and requests help, only to be told that they need to fill out a form or bring in different paperwork.

Do your research the night before. Make sure you have all necessary paperwork with you before heading out.

It’s not a bad idea to call the office and confirm that you have everything you need, either.

Survive The DMV With These Tips

No one likes going to the DMV. But with these tips, you’ll be through with your trip before you know it!

And once you’re back on the road, make sure to stay safe.

Check out our article on what to do if you get in a fender bender to avoid a fender faux pas.