Originally Posted by lefty
Thanks, Ed. Like an idiot, I went to the one on 125th which was a bloody zoo. Asked which line I should be in - in fact there are no real lines, it's just a mass of bitching, sweaty humanity - and waited for 45 minutes only to be told I was in the wrong line. Went back to the guy who steered me wrong at the beginning and asked WTF he would put me in the wrong line. He said, "that's our line management system." Finally left after 3 hours.
I may just drive up to some bucolic office in the Adirondacks and make a weekend out of it. You have to exchange the plates? Can't just mail the CA plates back?
The DMV on 125ht can be great but you have to show up like 30 min before they close for the day. Park at the Pathmark across the street and buy something when you leave to get free parking.
Originally Posted by LawrenceMD
my wife swears that license renewal at the dmv at bowling green took her less than 30min both times she's renewed. her co-workers all said the same thing. I did the stupid thing and did mine in brooklyn which took over two hours. the only reason I like the brooklyn dmv (near the atlantic station) is that there is a lot of stuff to do in the area and ample parking in the garage. I did a little shopping and had lunch during the wait (the workers there will actually give you a good estimate on how long before your number comes up).
Bowling Green can be quick depending on what you're going for and like all DMV offices, when you go. Folks that go to that location are usually there around lunch hours, same sor the DMV express on W 34th and the one in Herald Sq. Either go when plebs should be working and can't get off or get screwed.
Bottom line with dealing with any city agency is if you have a question, ask at least 5 people, then deduce what your gut tells you is the right answer.