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post #1351 of 7247
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Really? Can I do my plates as well? After 2 1/2 hours and my number no where near the top I'm ready to book.

lefty

here is what you can do there:

License X-Press Office* - NYSDMV
300 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001

* Service Limited To:
New York State license & vehicle registration renewals & duplicates & license plate surrenders ONLY. NO boat or snowmobile renewals. NO permit renewals.
This office does not exchange an out of state license for a New York license, you must go to any full service DMV office
post #1352 of 7247
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Originally Posted by edmorel View Post

This office does not exchange an out of state license for a New York license, you must go to any full service DMV office

That's new then because when I moved back here from DC, I was able to swap my DC licence for NY one there.
post #1353 of 7247

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? 

 

lefty

post #1354 of 7247
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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. 

lefty

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).
post #1355 of 7247
Everything about housing in this city makes me want to break things. Christ what a pain in the ass it all is.
post #1356 of 7247
Do you own or rent?
post #1357 of 7247
Rent. Owning would suck too, though.
post #1358 of 7247
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Originally Posted by lefty View Post

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? 


lefty

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.

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Originally Posted by LawrenceMD View Post

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.
post #1359 of 7247
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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.

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.

 

It doesn't become a free for all at the end of the day when people realize their number will never be called? 

 

Sound advice on the second point.

 

lefty

post #1360 of 7247
Nah, the crowd has thinned out by then and the workers are finally working [toward going home]. The people you'd expect to show up late usually do and get locked out wink.gif
post #1361 of 7247
Reason why NYC sux-lack of a good Spanish lunch/takeout spot near my office!
post #1362 of 7247
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Everything about housing in this city makes me want to break things. Christ what a pain in the ass it all is.

+1 million. I have lived in a bunch of cities and finding housing in NYC was by far the worst.
post #1363 of 7247

Try buying a place.

 

I would say SanFo is a little worse for finding a rental. While there are no broker fees, the only place to source apts is craigslist. 

 

lefty

post #1364 of 7247
Craigslist is de-facto the only place to find rentals in New York. Or at least it was last time I looked, two years ago. Going to have to start looking for a new place soon (GD landlord selling the place), if there is someplace less of a clusterfuck than Craigslist, please enlighten me.

And broker's fees make me want to kill things with fire.
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gonofee.com
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