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Your state's DOT

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by canopener, Apr 11, 2005.


  1. canopener

    canopener

    Sep 15, 2003
    Isle of Lucy
    I just finished renewing my vehicle registration on the PennDOT website. I love being able to do little things like this that used to be a hassle with a keystroke. No lines, no waiting for checks to clear until they got around to my renewal form, no hassle from DOT employees! Anybody else from outside of PA digging services like these?
     
  2. LiquidMidnight

    LiquidMidnight

    Dec 25, 2000
    While I haven't used the particular service you speak of, I'm quite enamored with using the internet to many things, especially shopping. I'm not really into traveling from store to store, so it's nice to just purchase something with a few key strokes. With the price of gas and any major shopping center almost an hour away (I either have to go to Altoona or State College), buying online is the way to go.
     
  3. keb

    keb

    Mar 30, 2004
    Abso-fraggin'-lutely. I recently renewed my drivers license and vehicle plates online. I pretty much saved myself a whole day of waiting in line!
     
  4. WillPlay4Food

    WillPlay4Food Now With More Metal! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    Orbiting HQ
    Our state DMV isn't that cool yet. Still, I do most stuff by mail so I don't have to wait in line to get a ticket and wait in another line for my number to be called. :scowl:
     
  5. I wish my home state did that.

    Being in the military, and maintaining my Montana residency, I can wave a few taxes and such from my vehicle registration (road upkeep fees, etc.. since my vehicle isn't being operated on Montana highways), so that tends to be a plus. However, it means I have to fill out a couple special forms every year, and do it all by mail. With my state's DMV the way it is, it normally means I have to send everything in AT LEAST 2 months in advance in order to get my new tags on time!
     
  6. Anything that allows me to not deal with a PennDot employee directly is tops for me.
     
  7. Steve

    Steve

    Aug 10, 2001
    Florida has mail in registration which is cool but I gotta say,

    The local tax assessors office that handles that and about a hundred other thing is the single best run governmental office I have ever been in. They have a door man / Maitre'd that askes you what you need then escorts you to the appropriate available employee who is competant, helpful and polite.

    I usually go down in person just so I can remind myself that it is in fact, possible.
     
  8. ONYX

    ONYX

    Apr 14, 2000
    Michigan
    Michigan has the same deal. We can also renew our drivers license via snail-mail. The only catch is that with the drivers license, you can only renew by mail every other time. Not a bad deal--I won't complain about having to go to the Secretary of State only once every 8 years!
     
  9. My dad shared this wisdom when I was a young lad:

    If you are ever feeling down on your luck, depressed, or lost in life, just go to the DMV and hang out for a couple hours with the dregs of humanity. You'll leave feeling like a king.
     
  10. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    I was able to renew both my driver's license and my car tag online this year, and it was great. I've had pretty good luck, for the most part, with going to my local DOT, but I'm certainly glad I didn't have to get up at the crack of dawn on a Saturday, or take time off from work to do it.
     
  11. How exactly does renewing your license via the net...since most states require eye exams each time you renew (normally just after a certain age)? Can those people still renew via the net?
     
  12. RLT

    RLT

    Jul 10, 2004
    South Central OH
    Ohio has the same deal as well.
     
  13. I know that PA doesn't require one. Not sure about other states, but I would assume that if your state requires an eye exam, it'd be hard to renew online.
     
  14. xshawnxearthx

    xshawnxearthx

    Aug 23, 2004
    new jersey
    yeah, nj has the worst dmv's ever. i try and stay clear of them. you need 6 points of id to do pretty much anything,
     
  15. Montana requires an eye-exam everytime you renew after you reach age 55, IIRC. They also drop the length of the license's valid period from 8 years, down to 5.
     
  16. canopener

    canopener

    Sep 15, 2003
    Isle of Lucy
    I'm pretty sure you still need an eye exam for your permit, though. I had gotten glasses before the last time I renewed, but when I went in for the photo. I just left the glasses in my car, I don't really need them to drive.
     
  17. The license I just got about 6 months ago is only valid for another 4 years, and I'm 20. Is PA's license period really that much shorter than other states, or is Montana's just that much longer?