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Remember that DMV offices in Delaware are open until 8 PM on Wednesdays, but this period can be crowded. When planning for a trip to the DMV, consider the best times http://www.dmv.de.gov/services/driver_services/avoid_long_lines.shtml to avoid long waits.
- Mornings are generally less crowded than afternoons.
- Tuesdays and Thursdays are less crowded than Mondays or Fridays.
- Any day before or after a holiday will likely be more crowded.
- The first and last days of the month are often busy with customers conducting last minute business.
- DMV staff often go on lunch break starting around noon, leaving a reduced crew. Try to avoid the lunch hour.
- Be sure to arrive with plenty of time before closing to complete your transaction. This is especially important if you need to be complete a written test or road test.
If you need some other service from the DMV you must visit a branch office. The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles maintains four offices http://www.dmv.de.gov/home/contact_info/index.shtml in the state, open 8:00-4:30, except Wednesday when they are open noon-8 PM. Or find the DMV location nearest you on this map. http://www.dmv.de.gov/home/locations/index.shtml You can view the current wait times for each office here. http://www.dmv.de.gov/waittimes/index.shtml
To apply for a Delaware driver license or permit, you will need to bring the following documents in their original form with you to a DMV office:
- Proof of your age and identity, such as a valid birth certificate or passport.
- Social Security card
- Proof of residency in Delaware in the form of official mail showing your address such as utility bills, voter ID card, bank statement, tax return, insurance policy, mortgage or rental agreement.
- Obtaining a new license in Delaware usually requires drivers to pass a driving skills test. To schedule a road test for a driver’s license by calling the Greater Wilmington DMV (302) 434-3200. Road tests are given on every weekday, except Wednesday, from 8:00 until 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 until 3:30. Road tests will not be conducted in bad weather.
- For driver license renewals http://www.dmv.de.gov/services/driver_services/drivers_license/dr_lic_renewals.shtml you will need to visit a DMV office. http://www.dmv.de.gov/home/contact_info/index.shtml You will need to show the correct documentation (see below), take a vision test and pay $25 for a 5-year license, or $40 for an 8-year license.
- For vehicle registration renewal, http://www.dmv.de.gov/services/vehicle_services/reg/ve_reg_renewal.shtml you must visit a DMV office. If your vehicle is at least 4 years old, you will need to get an inspection http://www.dmv.de.gov/services/vehicle_services/other/ve_other_general.shtml at the DMV. You will need to show proof of insurance, previous registration and your driver’s license. All DMVs now have a drive-up window for vehicle registration renewals.
- For first time vehicle registrations you must first get the vehicle insured in Delaware. Then you will need to go to a DMV office and get the vehicle inspected. From there you will provide the title and pay the fees to get your registration.
- If your license has been lost or stolen, http://www.dmv.de.gov/services/driver_services/other/dr_oth_replacement.shtml you will need to go to a DMV office with the proper ID and documentation to get a duplicate. The replacement fee is $10.
- To change your name on your license http://www.dmv.de.gov/services/driver_services/other/dr_oth_change.shtml you should first file a name change with the Social Security Administration. https://faq.ssa.gov/link/portal/34011/34019/Article/1995/How-do-I-change-the-name-on-160-a-Social-Security-card- Then you will need to make a need to make a trip to a DMV office and present any legal documents proving name change. The cost for a new driver license is only $1.15
- If you have recently moved within Delaware you should complete a change of address within 30 days. You can accomplish this for free by downloading and completing the Change of Address form, http://www.dmv.de.gov/forms/driver_serv_forms/pdfs/dr_frm_chgadr.pdf?011012 then sending it by mail to the address given on the form. However you will not receive an actual new driver’s license, unless you go into a DMV office. You can change address on vehicle registrations at the same time by presenting the vehicle's current certificate of title, registration card, valid proof of Delaware liability insurance and your driver's license.
- To request a driver record, https://citizen.dmv.de.gov/services/faq/faq_driving_record.shtml you can also go online https://citizen.dmv.de.gov/mydmv.ejs?command=MyDMVUserRegistration to sign up for online services.
- Delaware residents may register to become an organ donor by going online. https://citizen.dmv.de.gov/public.ejs?command=PublicOdHome to Donate Life Delaware.
Save time at the Division of Motor Vehicles Delaware by scheduling an appointment to take a driving test. Many other functions can also completed online. https://citizen.dmv.de.gov/services/online_svcs.shtml You may be able to skip an entire trip to the DMV office by following the links to complete certain transactions.