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Offline heverlee

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which DMV to go for early walk in?
« on: October 22, 2018, 10:24:39 PM »
Hi:

I need to get a realID and have to go to DMV in person. Searched TI with not much recent information.

Just wonder if anyone has any dmv to recommend for walk in? As appointment is 2 months away, I plan to go there early before 8am this week. should I expect to wait until afternoon to get the things done? Friend recommended DMV@San Clemente, how about the ones at laguna nill or Santa Ana?

thanks a lot for insight on any one of them

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Re: which DMV to go for early walk in?
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2018, 01:46:35 AM »
Laguna Hills but arrive at 7:15a not 8a.  That 45 min will save you 2 hours compared to arriving at 8a.

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Re: which DMV to go for early walk in?
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2018, 06:55:30 AM »
if you don't live/work far from one of the dmv offices, you can scope out the wait time online and drive over when it gets low.  typically tues - thurs between 10 - 11 or 2-3 are best times i've seen to go without an appointment and minimal wait time.  i was in and out in about 45 mins in santa ana last month, arriving at 3 pm on a wednesday.

https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/fo/offices/fieldoffice?number=605

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Re: which DMV to go for early walk in?
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2018, 09:48:00 AM »
thank you both for the kind information.
appreciate it!

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Re: which DMV to go for early walk in?
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2018, 09:53:24 AM »
Walk-ins have always been a pain for me, make an appointment if you can... some are not that far out and you can check each one online I believe.
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Re: which DMV to go for early walk in?
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2018, 10:21:20 AM »
Although I've not experienced this myself, I've been told by a couple of people that the Costa Mesa DMV is a good place to try. Usually we go to San Clemente as it's run pretty efficiently, but that small office has been swamped lately. Avoid Laguna Hills if possible. Every experience I've had there has been grim.

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Re: which DMV to go for early walk in?
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2018, 10:23:39 AM »
For “other” dmv services I go to AAA.

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Re: which DMV to go for early walk in?
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2018, 10:44:03 AM »
I think it's going to be very difficult to get a useful response since DMV lines vary dramatically throughout the week.  There have also been efficiency changes last few months which would skew data points.  Your best bet is to get an appointment at any of the local DMVs.  I did this and the soonest appointment was at the Westminster DMV (took 2.5 months).  I got my RealID done in 40 minutes (from the time I left my car to when I got back into my car).

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Re: which DMV to go for early walk in?
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2018, 11:03:08 AM »
Recommend the DMV at Costa Mesa, been there, best thing is that its Open on Saturdays :)

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Re: which DMV to go for early walk in?
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2018, 09:20:16 PM »
thanks a lot for the infor. Was about to try Laguna Hills and now may go to Costa Mesa then

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Re: which DMV to go for early walk in?
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2018, 11:01:58 PM »
I went to San Clemente. walked in about 10:30 and was out by noon. I noticed there were few people ileft line by 11:30.

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Re: which DMV to go for early walk in?
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2018, 11:21:41 PM »
Why do you want to drive 30min farther to save 45min extra in line.  Weird.

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Re: which DMV to go for early walk in?
« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2018, 11:51:39 PM »
I don't like people. I would rather spend 25 minutes alone in my car than 2 hours in a crowded waiting room (or in the case of Laguna Hills a long line in the hot sun). Plus I needed to be in San Diego later in the afternoon.

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Re: which DMV to go for early walk in?
« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2018, 12:24:32 AM »
Recommend the DMV at Costa Mesa, been there, best thing is that its Open on Saturdays :)
I don't recommend Costa Mesa on a Saturday.  Saturday Costa Mesa DMV was an 8 hour wait last month when I got there at 7am. 

Maybe if you show up at 6am.  Be sure to bring a camping chair.

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Re: which DMV to go for early walk in?
« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2018, 01:00:39 PM »
Hmm, 8 hr wait! ouch. I went there twice in the past year, both times were walk-in on Saturday afternoons, and was out in less than 2 hours. Was 'lucky', I guess.
« Last Edit: October 24, 2018, 01:18:05 PM by mads »

 

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