Make a Trip to the RMV Less Stressful

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Jan 29, 2015

RMV is up there in stressful activities that can’t be avoided. Thankfully, there are a few things that you can do to ensure that your visit to your local Massachusetts RMV branch goes smoothly, and that you won’t want to tear your hair out by the time you finish.

Avoid the trip altogether if you can.
The first step in making your trip to the RMV less stressful is to avoid going at all. There are several activities that can be completed online at the RMV website, including:

Getting a Learner’s Permit
Changing an Address
Paying Citations and Tickets
Signing up for a MA E-ZPass
Driver’s License and ID Renewals
Converting an Out-of-State License

If you can complete your activity online, it is strongly recommended that you do so, since it will save your time, and reduce wait times at the RMV location to which you would have otherwise visited. In most cases, official documents that you need can be mailed to you in a timely manner, and a temporary will be available to print on your home computer that you may use until the official document reaches you.

Be smart about when you visit.
The time that you go to the RMV will directly impact your stress level. Most people that work will go first thing in the morning or during their lunch hour, so expect those times to be packed. Depending on your branch, you will probably have the shortest wait time at mid-morning or at mid-afternoon. In addition, Mondays and Fridays are typically the most busy, so going in the middle of the week could save you a bit of a headache. Also make sure that you don’t make the mistake of going all the way to your local RMV branch on a business holiday.

Bring all the necessary paperwork and documents.
There is almost nothing more frustrating than waiting your turn at the RMV, only to learn that you are missing something that you needed. Just the thought of a return trip that could have been avoided is enough to make most people shudder.

Before you go, check online and make absolutely sure that you have all the required paperwork and documents. This could include your birth certificate, proof of residency, proof of auto insurance coverage, and more. If in doubt about something, bring it – it’s always better to have too much than to not have enough.

Have something to do.
Chances are, even if you follow all of the above tips, you will end up sitting at the RMV for at least a little while as you wait for your number to be called. Since this is the case, make sure that you have something available that will entertain you for a bit. Download a new game on your phone, bring a book, or make a new friend. You could even fill out an online quote form at Gammons Insurance Agency’s website to see if you could get a better insurance policy for a lower price! Just make sure that the activity won’t distract you from hearing your name when your turn comes around!

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