DMV succeeds in fighting online dating sales



While many Nevada residents still have trouble securing an appointment with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles in Las Vegas, some enterprising people are taking advantage of the situation and selling already pre-booked time slots.

Several websites offer the option of purchasing a DMV appointment as of the same day. A website lists free appointments with offers starting at $ 15. The website had appointments available every day, including Christmas Day when the DMV was closed, so it remains to be seen how valid the website is.

The problem of groups making appointments and then selling them has exacerbated the problem many people face in scheduling a date within a reasonable time frame, according to DMV director Julie Butler.

“We are doing our best to monitor this and make sure it doesn’t happen, as it takes appointments away from anyone who is patiently waiting,” Butler told the Review-Journal in December.

Butler said the DMV has been working since the summer to resolve the issue of dating for sale online. “We have found ways internally to combat this,” she said.

Butler declined to talk further about the measures, saying it could help those looking to bypass the mitigation measures.

Some people who bought dating times online were turned away at DMV doors because their names did not match those on the date.

At the height of the pandemic, when the DMV closed for several weeks, then reopened to a backlog of transactions, some residents were unable to make appointments in less than three months. Because of this, some people were camping overnight at DMV offices and lines were seen stretching through parking lots to sidewalks on nearby roads.

That has since changed, with the average wait time for an appointment now being 45 to 60 days.

Another issue affecting motorists’ ability to schedule an appointment is no-show – people who make an appointment and then don’t show up. These no-shows took up places that could otherwise open same-day appointments in some cases.

“We continue to encourage our clients to come back into the system and cancel it if they cannot meet their appointments,” said Butler.

Butler also recommended motorists check the DMV’s website every day, as some same-day appointments become available due to cancellations.

The ministry is in the middle of a four-year plan to move the majority of its services online, which it hopes will make appointment issues a thing of the past.

The efforts are already having a positive impact on business operations. Since all 35 charitable license plates became available for purchase online, nearly 7,000 residents with dealer-purchased vehicles have purchased specialty license plates without having to attend in person.

“I hope the need for an appointment will decrease as more services can be completed online,” said Butler.

Contact Mick Akers at [email protected] or 702-387-2920. To follow @mickakers on Twitter. Send your questions and comments to [email protected]



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