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DMV Wait Times

These are ESTIMATES only. Specific transactions can vary greatly in complexity, which affects estimated wait times for a service. Estimates are based upon the current number of customers waiting and available workstations assigned to a service.


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Avoid Long Wait Times

To avoid long wait times, please if at all possible, try to avoid our four DMV facilities during monthly peak periods such as the 15th and and last day of the month, and every Wednesday evening between the hours of 4:00pm - 7:00pm. Our wait times are typically minimal on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 8am and 11am, so we encourage you to visit DMV facilities during those days/times.

It is also important that customers do not wait until their expiration date to either renew their driver license, identification card, or to have a vehicle inspected. Driver licenses and identification cards can be renewed up to six months prior to their expiration date, and vehicle registrations can be renewed up to 90 days prior to the expiration date without any loss of time.

The DMV has two facilities in New Castle County. If you experience long lines at either facility, you may want to attempt to visit the other locations.

The DMV has recently added several online services to our website. Please review our online services as you may be able to complete your transaction(s) online without a visit to one of the DMV locations.

Also, please be sure to check out the branch wait times before your visit so you will be able to plan your trip accordingly.

For prompt service, please make sure to bring all required documentation with you to ensure your transaction(s) can be completed in one visit.