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How to Survive the DMV

One of the most dreaded chores you will do is going to the DMV to renew your license, take a drivers test, or change names on documents. I say dreaded because if you’ve lived here long enough you’ve heard horror stories of hours and hours of waiting time and other issues. Luckily Plano Moms know some tricks to help you. Here is a guide on how to Survive the DMV.

How to survive the DMV


The DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) is located in a few places across the metroplex. Here are some locations that might be close to you.

Here’s the good news, you can renew do a lot of these online now so check to see if you qualify for online renewal and changes. A new change is now you can MAKE AN APPOINTMENT to ‘check in’ online and this will save you hours!

How to survive the dmv

Make an On-Line Appointment To:

  • Renew/Replace your DL
  • Get a First Time Texas DL/ID/Permit
  • Change Address or Name
  • Take a Written Test or Add Endorsement

I can speak from experience with this because recently I had to renew my DL. I knew it was time because I got something in the mail as a reminder. 6 years ago I renewed online so now I had to go in the office. Poor me. I was dreading this all summer long! I got up early one morning and went to this website, clicked to renew my DL, chose the Plano location, and was able to check in online. I received a text with a time to arrive.

Upon arrival, the line was around the corner of the building. It looked like people had been waiting for hours! (and come to find out they actually had!) They started calling out appointment times and once they called mine I was able to get in, sign in and get a number. Next, the waiting started. I had to wait about 50 minutes until my number was called. This was agony. It was hot, people were frustrated, and it felt like forever!

Just be prepared that even when you have an appointment you will have to wait!!

Here are my tips:

  1. If you can renew or make changes online then do this first! That’s the best!
  2. If you have to go in then make an appointment. Try to get online to make your appointment before 10 am (this will get you in earlier in the day so they won’t be as backed up!)
  3. Bring reading material or something to do when you wait!
  4. Don’t bring kids (if you don’t have to!)
  5. Try to do in the middle of the work week and not in the summertime (if you don’t have to!)