Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Vancouver, WA, USA
Re: Caution when renueing your Florida Vehical Tag
Dan, that is messed up. I'm going to do my part to make you feel a little better about it though:
1.) In Washington state the DMV (Drivers Licenses ONLY, no vehicle transactions whatsoever) is manned by State employees and is open limited hours on Saturday. They are closed on Sunday and Monday. The WA Dept. of Licensing (get plates, renewal stickers, transfer titles, get your business license, etc.) does not have any state employee staffed outlets with the exception of the courthouse which is obviously iconveniently for most of the county residents, located at the county seat. HOWEVER, they do license private firms to perform the same functions and you pay a small fee to the private firm for the service. These firms are open longer daily hours than the DMV and they are typically open 6 days a week. Often times the DMV and the private firms share space under the same roof. The State side employees walk around with looks on their faces like they just crapped their pants. The service is often, though not always rude, and is ALWAYS freakin' s l o w!
The contract side is just the opposite. It is to their company's advantage to move the largest number of customers through the process as quickly as possible as the fees charged are transaction based. You also have the option of going to many other contract companies if the one you're at treats you like a bad dog. Therefore, they are helpful, fast, and if there is an issue that can't be resolved during your visit they explain what your options are and they don't have a shit eating, ha ha you have to come back here again, grin on their faces.
Welcome to Washington State.
2.) Many years ago I lived in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona. They literally sold food inside the facility because it was not unusual to spend 5-7 hours in the place in line after line after line! You Phoenixerite type folks, is it still like this? Is the joint still at the corner of Something and Grand Ave?
This is probably either boring you, the reader, to tears or causing you heartburn because the system in your state is just as messed up, but, hey, I'm feeling better!
I will now officially now step off my soapbox and go to sleep as I just finished a 12 hour night shift!
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