No one really likes to go to the DMV – mainly because the wait can be so excruciating,
especially if taking time off of work. A long and boring wait a good day does not make,
and no driver really jumps for joy when they have an appointment or date with the DMV.
However, this could all be coming to a change, with grocery stores in Nevada starting
a trend that could lift off within other states if the success is great and the reaction is as
The grocery store has become the ultimate mecca of getting things done these days,
with Western Union, check cashing, cigarette and liquor purchases, prescription filling,
and other kiosks that allow tasks to be completed as the daily grocery shopping is
completed. Even if no shopping is due, it still remains a more convenient location with a
lesser wait for getting things done – so why not the DMV?
Well, the Nevada Department of Vehicles has recently received an approved contract
by the Board of Examiners for a 10 year contract for the installation of new Department
of Motor Vehicle kiosks within the grocery stores of the state, as reported by the Nevada
The contract totals $27.6 million, and should be offset by the fees processed from users
of the kiosks, costing only $1 per transaction except for renewing registration which
will be $3 per transaction. The initiative is aimed at providing more convenience to the
customers, while also lessening administrative costs through less need for as many
employees, as with DMV offices. The kiosks also have the advantage of 24/7 use,
instead of the 5 day a week openings until 5p.m. as with offices as well.
There is also a great advantage in saving more gas, as those within outer counties
won’t have to spend the high gas cost in order to reach the DMV offices, which can be
situated out of the way from them.
There are 40 kiosks set to be installed within Nevada stores starting Spring of 2012,
most of which will be in the Southern section of the state, which is where there are more
complaints of long lines and waits.
As for the other states, there is no word yet to signify following the trend, but it is hopeful
that all states will recognize the needs and benefits, installing kiosks throughout the
U.S. to assist in creating greater convenience for drivers needing DMV services.
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