How Is Wait Time at Huntington DMV?

Huntington DMV is always busy, but is it efficient? Tell us your DMV experience.

If you own a car, then you've probably spent time at the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

They handle everything from driver licenses and ID cards to vehicle registration, renewals and transfers. Want vanity plates? DMV handles those too.

In other words, DMV is a rite of passage.

But how long one spends at the state-run office can also be a memorable, sometimes unpleasant experience.

This Patch reporter did just that Wednesday afternoon at the Huntington DMV at the Big H. It was crowded, but I was in and out in 45 minutes.

Which begs the question: How is the wait time at Huntington DMV?

Steve Bromley February 21, 2013 at 11:23 PM
When the DMV was on Pulaski Road off of Park Avenue, the office was spacious and the wait time, if any, was five or ten minutes. Then Gov. Pataki closed this office, moved it to the much smaller Big H area and then closed many other surrounding DMV offices. Thus the much cramped office and much longer wait times.
Judith LaFeir February 22, 2013 at 01:52 AM
Well that stinks
Free 2B Me February 22, 2013 at 03:24 AM
The DMV is shockingly pretty advanced with their online solution. That keeps the crowd down. I've only gone to drop off old plates for destruction and once because I needed a new photo for dl renewal. Each experience was pleasant and complete in less than 20 minutes.
Ron February 22, 2013 at 11:26 AM
For $3 you can mail your plates. For me that beats even 5 minutes in any DMV.
leslie February 22, 2013 at 11:50 AM
I have a very different memory of the old DMV office on Pulaski. One that includes very very long lines and having to stand for hours.
Les February 22, 2013 at 11:51 AM
DMV is a joke and a confirmation of big government fat. You only have to sit at the DMV and see that when a number is called out, the personnel seem to wait for that person for a very long time doing nothing (hoping that the person somehow shows up). The place is small enough that one could call the number 3 times and move on to the next person. I saw this happen during my 2 visits where 4 out of the 5 open counters were waiting on someone. These folks are robots who cannot think efficiency.
Free 2B Me February 22, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Thank you, I wish I knew that... that's it now, only need to go every 6 years or so for a new photo. Hopefully I can upload a photo soon and be done. F2Bm .
Jason Molinet February 22, 2013 at 01:40 PM
@Les I can confirm the extreme patience they practice for each number called.
Joan Barnett February 22, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Over the years and with things like new driver's licenses for my kids, car registrations, licence renewals, etc., I have never had a bad experience at the Big H DMV. The agents have always been pleasant and the wait time has never been more than a few minutes.
Ilivehere February 22, 2013 at 01:56 PM
I've only had good experiences there.
Manny February 22, 2013 at 01:59 PM
I have been there many times. Allways 20 min or less. I try to go during quite time of day 2:30-3:30. If you go during lunch hours many of the employers are on lunch break. But all return at 2. When all windows are open they move quickly.
Rocket 88 February 22, 2013 at 03:17 PM
They have been helpful, friendly and professional for my DMV needs over the years. A far cry from anything like Sutphin Blvd DMV back in the day, if anyone remembers that fiasco or the one in lower Manhattan where you usually qualified for social security by the time you left that line.
Dan Ollen February 22, 2013 at 04:48 PM
I am a Sutphin Blvd survivor, having schlepped my way there dozens of times in the 1970s. Long lines and rude staff who relished telling you that you were one document short, after waiting at least two hours to get to the front of the line. Compared to Sutphin Blvd, DMV at the Big H is Shangri-La.
VillageJenny February 22, 2013 at 06:14 PM
As a transplant from my native Queens, I too remember the horror show at the Sutphin Boulevard DMV. An even worse DMV memory dates to early 1960's when I was teaching in Franklin Square. Went to closest DMV (Hempstead? Don't recall.) after school. Waited in line for ages and when I finally got to the window, clerk looked at her watch and said, "Closing time. Come back tomorrow." Just like any business owner would do, right?
Turquoiz48 February 22, 2013 at 06:18 PM
When the DMV office moved from Pulaski Rd to the Big H on Rte 110, I'm sure it was so that more members of the public could be served as Rte 110 has bus service while Pulaski did not, as well as not being easily accessiblle on foot. If you are elderly with hearing or mobility problems, you really appreciate the additional announcements of your number. As for efficiency, everything is relative. Go there on a Monday, day after a holiday, Friday, 1st of the month or last business day of the month, and you will see members of the public who put things off until the last minute and don't show up with the proper paperwork, etc., etc..The DMV "clerks" are responsible for accounting for everything they handle; every piece of paper, check, debit, credit card, money, and cash transactions. And at the end of the day, everything better equal out. Returned plates must be inventoried and sent to be destroyed. All new plates issued must be accounted for. They open on time every day. And NO ONE goes home until every last customer is properly and patiently taken care of. And, I have been there when it has taken me only 15 min and when it has taken me 2 hrs, but I have long appreciated what they go through dealing with the public EVERY day, and I truly appreciate their help and assistance with each transaction.
seeingiperson February 28, 2013 at 10:08 PM
I went several weeks ago to renew my driver's license and was in and out in about 10 minutes.


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