Happy Things Go Here

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Re: Happy Things Go Here

Postby Knaight » Sat May 04, 2019 12:58 pm

Lord Foul wrote:We don't appear to have that problem in Wales...

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Re: Happy Things Go Here

Postby Ikoma » Mon May 06, 2019 5:26 pm

Utah's DMV has added a nice little 'appointment' feature. You go online, schedule a time (not all times are available because other people will have nabbed times as well), and show up. There is a second line for people who scheduled ahead that completely bypasses anyone who just showed up. While you are not guaranteed to get to the desk AT the scheduled time, it will be close. Functionally, the policy just serves to smooth out arrival times. A big rush of people who just show up just before you will not clog up your afternoon.
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Re: Happy Things Go Here

Postby McNutcase » Mon May 06, 2019 6:04 pm

Ikoma wrote:Utah's DMV has added a nice little 'appointment' feature. You go online, schedule a time (not all times are available because other people will have nabbed times as well), and show up. There is a second line for people who scheduled ahead that completely bypasses anyone who just showed up. While you are not guaranteed to get to the desk AT the scheduled time, it will be close. Functionally, the policy just serves to smooth out arrival times. A big rush of people who just show up just before you will not clog up your afternoon.

California has had that for a while. Generally the first available appointment is the thick end of two months away.
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Re: Happy Things Go Here

Postby Ikoma » Mon May 06, 2019 6:30 pm

You do wanna plan ahead. That's for certain.
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Re: Happy Things Go Here

Postby Chad » Tue May 07, 2019 10:40 am

In MO you just take a number and they have rows of chairs to wait at.

Some DMVs are better than others but it's likely more a perception thing.

About an hour wait is normal. I clear my morning and bring a book.

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Re: Happy Things Go Here

Postby clintmemo » Tue May 07, 2019 12:48 pm

I am 54 and have never experienced this horrible cliche I keep hearing about.

I go to the local satellite office of my county government.
It is a mile from my house.
I don't go at the end of the month.
I walk in and talk to the person sitting at the desk and she takes care of me immediately and I walk out. Once in a while, there is a person in front of me and I have to wait.

Once every 4 years I have to go to the county seat, which is 15 miles away, to get a new license and have my picture taken again. When that happens, I might have to wait for 3 or even 4 people in front of me.
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Re: Happy Things Go Here

Postby Lord Foul » Tue May 07, 2019 12:51 pm

I am 56 and I have never had to visit the DVLA (our version) in my entire life.

I got my driving license 3 weeks after my 17th birthday and it runs out when I am 70.
I get my yearly road tax renewed at my local Post Office, which is a mile away in a cottage.

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Re: Happy Things Go Here

Postby McNutcase » Tue May 07, 2019 1:10 pm

Lord Foul wrote:I am 56 and I have never had to visit the DVLA (our version) in my entire life.

I got my driving license 3 weeks after my 17th birthday and it runs out when I am 70.
I get my yearly road tax renewed at my local Post Office, which is a mile away in a cottage.

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Also... 45K... bitches!

For all the "I'm British, I know how to queue" jokes, it's America that loves its bureaucracy and its little bits of paper.
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Re: Happy Things Go Here

Postby JediSoth » Wed May 08, 2019 12:09 pm

At one point, the head of our DMVs decreed they would remove ALL clocks from the branches so people wouldn't focus on how long they'd been waiting.

It went over like a lead balloon and was never implemented. That being said, I don't remember the last time I waited for more than 10 minutes. I can usually take care of my business online, as well.
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Re: Happy Things Go Here

Postby BottledViolence » Wed May 08, 2019 2:10 pm

McNutcase wrote:
Lord Foul wrote:I am 56 and I have never had to visit the DVLA (our version) in my entire life.

I got my driving license 3 weeks after my 17th birthday and it runs out when I am 70.
I get my yearly road tax renewed at my local Post Office, which is a mile away in a cottage.

:D

Also... 45K... bitches!

For all the "I'm British, I know how to queue" jokes, it's America that loves its bureaucracy and its little bits of paper.

I think it's less a love of bureaucracy and more an acceptance of incompetence. Any company run like a governmental agency here would be bankrupt with eye watering speed.


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