Why Do We Hate to Wait in Line at the DMV So Much?

Diverse group of people standing in row. Isolated on white
Diverse group of people standing in row. Isolated on white

Do you hate to wait in line? You’re not alone. Yet, it’s something that we have to do all of the time. According to Richard Larson, a professor who studies queueing theory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the average person spends as much as two years of his or her life waiting. Just think about that for a second. Whether you’re waiting in line to get some fast food or standing in line to get on a ride at a theme park, you can expect to spend an overage of 730 days or 17,520 hours of your life just waiting.

 

Why do we hate to stand in line so much? Some researchers believe it is out of boredom. According to one experiment conducted in the 1950s, engineers were able to reduce customer complaints in a multi-story office building by installing floor to ceiling mirrors.  As people waited in line for the elevator, the mirrors allowed them to focus on their reflection rather than the fact that they were bored just standing there.  So boredom could be one factor.

 

In 2016, though, it could just be a simple issue with time. Many of us are extremely busy. Whether it’s because of a job, school, family, or all three, time is an extremely valuable commodity. Most of us don’t want to waste it standing in line.

 

A Solution to Waiting in Line at the DMV

 

If there’s one place people hate standing in line more than most, it’s probably the DMV. The average person will spend more than a half hour at the DMV when he or she needs to renew car registration. This could be thirty minutes spent doing something more productive, like playing PokemonGo. And even if you have a phone or a book to occupy your time, waiting in line for this long just plain sucks.

 

Online vehicle registration renewal services, like eTags.com, allows residents in Florida, California, and more states to come to renew their car registration online. There’s no waiting in line, and customers can enjoy additional benefits, including renewal reminders by email, faster processing, registration certificate replacement, ongoing customer support, and more for a small service fee. If you hate to wait in line, renew your registration online through eTags.com.

The Ongoing Costs of Owning a Motorcycle

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Now that the weather is warmer, you’re bound to see more motorcycles on the road. Many people keep motorcycles as a secondary vehicle, so they may not think they require as much maintenance as cars or trucks that are used more often. However, just with any other vehicle, motorcycle owners will have ongoing costs with regard to maintenance, fueling, and ownership as well.

 

For example, motorcycle owners must renew their registration every year to ensure that the bike is legally allowed to be used on a public road. If you live in California or Florida and don’t want the hassle of waiting in line and getting to the DMV during normal business hours, eTags offers a variety of online renewal services with additional benefits, including quick processing and one free registration certificate replacement for every year of being a customer.

 

Here are several other costs you can expect to pay on your motorcycle:

 

  • Routine maintenance like oil changes, tune-up, and transmission fluid
  • Tire replacement and repair. Tires do not need to be rotated, but they are susceptible to cracking and dry rot, even if the bike isn’t used that often
  • Air filter and spark plug replacement: this is recommended once every year at the very least
  • While not required for most people, it is still good to budget this in.
  • Motorcycle equipment including helmet, jacket, and other safety gear
  • Fuel albeit far less use and cost than a 4 wheeled vehicle

I Am Going to School in Florida. Do I Need to Reregister My Car?

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In a few months, hundreds of thousands of students will attend a college or university in Florida. Florida is home to some of the best schools in the nation, including the University of Florida, Florida State University, the University of Miami, the University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, and many more. Although many students will be in-state, many others will come from other parts of the country. If you are new to Florida, you might have a lot of questions about your new living situation. One might be whether or not you need to register your car with the state of the Florida.

 

Any out of state student who plans on bringing their car with them on campus will be happy to know that they don’t have to make a trip to a Florida DMV office to reregister their car. According to Florida state law, a non-resident who is enrolled at a college or university is not required to register their car in Florida. There is one catch though: that student must have registered it in another jurisdiction and that registration needs to be up to date. If it is unregistered or has expired, an individual can expect penalties just as they would if they lived in the state.

 

If a student does decide to call Florida home after graduation, they will most likely need to register the car in Florida. For example, if a non-resident accepts employment in Florida after graduation, he or she will have ten days to register any vehicle in Florida. The same holds true if he or she wants to enter his or her child in Florida’s public school system. If you do need to register your vehicle in Florida, you can do so in person at your local DMV or tax collector’s office.

 

Once it comes to renew the register of your vehicle in Florida, we encourage you to check out our registration services. With eTags, you can bypass going to the DMV and renew your register from the convenience of your home. We’ll take care of all the legwork, and we can even ship out of state if necessary. Contact us today to discuss your particular situation and learn more about our customer-friendly registration services.

Four Institutions to Notify When You Move

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As 2016 is a presidential election year, anyone who has moved recently should make sure they have changed their address with the state election office. Even if you have only moved a few miles away, you may be assigned a new precinct, which will affect where you vote and whom you can vote for. However, your state election office is only one institution you should contact about your new address after you have moved. Here are several others to be mindful of:

 

DMV: Depending on the state where you move, you may have very specific requirements on what you need to do in order to change the address on you license and vehicle registration. eTags.com, a private vehicle registration service, can provide you with information regarding changing your address with the DMV in your state.

 

USPS: The United States Postal Service offers free mail forwarding for a year after you have moved. You can complete mail forwarding online or by going to your local post office. This could be especially important in the first month or two after you have moved in case you missed notifying pertinent parties of your address change.

 

IRS: You may not need to notify the IRS if you don’t plan on getting anything from them in the mail until your next return, but it might be a good idea to provide a new address just in case. When you do file, you will be asked if you moved and you can provide your new address then.

Tips for Updating Your RV’s Registration

Are you thinking about taking a road trip this summer with friends or family? If so, it might be a good idea to take a good look at the registration of your motorhome or towable to make sure that it isn’t expiring soon. Although each state will have slightly different rules and registration when it comes to RV registration, motorists should know that all recreational vehicles must be registered before they can go on a public roadway. These include Class A motorhomes, Class B motorhomes, Class C motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, and campers.

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If your RV is up for registration, don’t fret. It is as easy as registering your car or truck. While you can certainly go to your state’s DMV office, another option is eTags.com. eTags is the most convenient way to register your RV – especially if you’re out on the road. eTags enables customers to get a digital copy of their tags right away, so they are covered if they’re on the road. eTags also features faster processing than other third-party providers and out-of-state shipping. And did we mention that you don’t have to waste your time at the DMV?

Remember to take care of the basics, like ensuring your tags are updated, so you can worry more about the open road ahead this summer.