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San Mateo DMV Office

Government Building
North Central, San Mateo
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  • Andy S.
    "Did Dante write a book about this place?"(2 Tips)
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  • Hilary P.
    Hilary ParkerMay 19, 2016
    Right line = appts vs left line = no apptsIf transferring from another state:1. Make appt2. Study for exam! 3. Only need passport4. Pick up/fill out application form before getting in line
  • Make a Splash
    Make a SplashNovember 30, 2012
    Ha! Spoiled peninsula people, this DMV is so much nicer & more efficient then the one in the city. You're freaking lucky! Staff here is nice.
  • Katherine L.
    Katherine LuSeptember 6, 2013
    The security guard here is really nice. Looks out for elderly people, those with appointments, and those retaking the written test who are waiting on the wrong line
  • Lindsey G.
    Lindsey GJuly 26, 2012
    Remember that the people working here are underpaid and overworked. It is not their fault the lines are long!
  • Jessica R.
    Jessica RavennaApril 27, 2010
    Clean, nice, fast. Way better than the SF office (20 minutes vs. 2 hours...). And they give you a pen and clipboard with your paperwork.
  • Vladimir F.
    Vladimir FleurimaSeptember 19, 2011
    The appointment line can be surprisingly long. It pays to get here early even if you have an appointment.
  • Gigi S.
    Gigi SerapioDecember 31, 2012
    Definitely make an appt. Was in and out in 10 minutes with 3 transactions done.
  • David K.
    David KobilnykOctober 22, 2012
    Don't forget to bring an umbrella if it's rainy. You might be waiting outside!
  • Mason W.
    Mason WongOctober 11, 2012
    Plenty of waiting time to write a tip on Foursquare. Free wifi with no password although data speed is slow.
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachMarch 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Ten times faster than the Redwood City DMV, and most of the employees are even nice!
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FluryApril 18, 2013
    The wait was about 20 minutes at 4pm on a weekday (no appointment). Not bad.
  • Omar Jordan F.
    Omar Jordan FJuly 26, 2012
    The people who complain about this DMV have clearly never been to a Dallas DMV. This is a cake walk.
  • Greg M.
    Greg MarshNovember 8, 2012
    For a good time, make an 8am appointment. Otherwise, good luck.
  • Oisin M.
    Oisin McguiganOctober 16, 2012
    America is great at many many things but is home of the world's worst motor vehicle authority. Horribly disorganised and heavily understaffed.
  • Swann F.
    Swann FreslonDecember 26, 2014
    Nice people. Quick service.
  • Macy G.
    Macy GrantAugust 12, 2011
    I thought coming at 8 am would be faster, but it is slower to be here when it opens.
  • Ⓑⓐⓑⓨ Ⓑⓡⓔⓔ
    Ⓑⓐⓑⓨ ⒷⓡⓔⓔJune 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Omg the line is super crazy don't come at 945am all the bums are here oh wait that's me too lol
  • jo g.
    jo geoNovember 15, 2011
    Its less crowded or no crowd at all compared to SF and Daly
  • Angela S.
    Angela S.December 28, 2011
    Don't forget to bring another form of ID (passport or social security card) to prove legal US status.
  • Valerie M.
    Valerie MeyerJuly 25, 2012
    Opens at 9am on wednesdays!
  • Jen M.
    Jen MurphyApril 2, 2013
    They accept ATM and Debit cards here.
  • David H.
    David HalloranOctober 9, 2012
    This entire office could be replaced by a website.
  • Samir f.
    Samir faciMay 15, 2012
    Make an appointment, it'll save you hours.
  • Mei H.
    Mei HeSeptember 7, 2011
    Make an appointment online otherwise you'll hate life.
  • Elliott E.
    Elliott EatonFebruary 3, 2012
    Make an appt online get ms you in and out
  • Heather M.
    Heather MarieApril 9, 2013
    Make an appointment!! Avoided a huge line.
  • uTINGme
    uTINGmeJanuary 25, 2012
    Set an appointment! Saves so much time!
  • Benjamin P.
    Benjamin PessahAugust 29, 2013
    Peices of shit! My appointment Time was @ 8:45 they called me and left me a voicemail to confirm. The next thing I know I show up at 8:35 only to get denied, my appointment time 👎👎👎
  • Dexter G.
    Dexter G.March 30, 2011
    Faster than in SFO and Daly City.
  • Andy S.
    Andy SheehanMay 11, 2012
    Did Dante write a book about this place?
  • Vivian E.
    Vivian EscobarDecember 27, 2011
    Don't bother making an appointment they don't care if you have one. Also people are rude and useless I'm glad my taxes are paying their checks
  • Richelle C.
    Richelle ChenJuly 22, 2011
    People who work here must hate their life.
  • Ⓑⓐⓑⓨ Ⓑⓡⓔⓔ
    Ⓑⓐⓑⓨ ⒷⓡⓔⓔMarch 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring a book
  • chris h.
    chris hammondApril 5, 2010
    Get here early, like 7am early
  • Dana F.
    Dana F.November 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Let old people that can barely stand cut!!! Cmon people.
  • Kayte B.
    Kayte BishopApril 21, 2010
    Crap. Opens at 9 on Wednesdays.
  • Priyesha S.
    Priyesha SachdevJuly 5, 2012
    Welcome to hell.
  • Benedict C.
    Benedict CorpuzNovember 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Not much different wait times whether you have an appointment or not.
  • Lee S.
    Lee ShepDecember 1, 2010
    No written tests given after 4:30
  • Dustin C.
    Dustin CallejoSeptember 9, 2011
    There is no good tips here. Dmv is hell.
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GomezFebruary 4, 2010
    Abandon hope all ye who enter here.
  • David M.
    David MenardOctober 25, 2010
    fuck the dmv!
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