The DMV can be an especially daunting place, especially with so many laws, policies, and procedures they process daily. But unfortunately, the fact remains that you will depend upon the New York DMV to accomplish nearly every service related to driving, voter registration, organ donor registration, or even getting a non-driver ID card. With a little patience and the right tools, understanding how the DMV works isn’t as difficult as it initially seems.
Locating Your Local DMV Office
Although most DMV tasks can be done online these days, there are times when you’re required to physically go to a DMV office, such as taking a road test or for the initial registration and titling of a vehicle. The DMV makes it easy to find the office closest to you with their convenient online branch locator. There are a large amount of offices located throughout the state, so you should never be too far away from a branch that can help you out.
Booking an Appointment with the New York DMV
Booking an appointment before visiting your local DMV office is vital if you want to avoid long wait times. Unfortunately, New York DMV branches only allow appointments for road tests. You can book your road test appointment by using their online Road Test Schedule Service (RTSS) any time except between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. You can also call (518) 402-2100 to select from their upcoming available timeslots. You should also look into doing your DMV-related tasks online whenever possible, to completely avoid the lines at the office.
Important New York DMV Forms
The DMV runs on a multitude of forms. Fortunately, every single one of the New York DMV’s forms can be found online, which means you can print them out and complete them well before ever stepping foot into one of their branches. The most common forms include applications for a new driver’s license, registering a change of address, and registering or titling a new vehicle. Without all the necessary information pertaining to each specific form, your requests will not be processed, and your time at the DMV may be prolonged further. It pays to at least look at what forms you will need ahead of time to save yourself a lot of time and trouble.
Knowing the New York Point System
New York implements a driver’s point system where points are added to your record for every violation you commit. The more severe the violation, the more points you gain. If you accrue at least 11 points in an 18-month period, you can have your license suspended for 31 days, with that number increasing as your point total gets higher. Common point values for violations are 3 to 11 points for speeding, 5 points for reckless driving, and 3 points for disobeying a traffic signal. Knowing how many points you currently have can keep you out of trouble, so it might be a good idea to get a copy of your NY driving record.
Obtaining a Copy of Your New York Driving Record
The DMV makes it easy to order a copy of your driving record online through MyDMV, which can be downloaded in PDF directly and sent as a physical copy in the mail. Your driving record will tell you your present license status and how many points you have, and it can be used as verification for many other purposes. To get started, you only need to know your New York driver’s license number, as well as your social security number. If you want, you can also go into any physical DMV branch to request a copy from them.
There’s a lot more to the DMV than what we’ve presented here. Take some time to check out what they can do for you, even on non-driving related tasks.