SLO DMV opened every Saturday, which means shorter wait times

Posted at 6:10 PM, Aug 03, 2018

The San Luis Obispo Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)  started it’s new schedule Saturday. 

The government office will now be opened every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Behind-the-wheel exams will not be available on the weekend. Saturday appointments can be scheduled up to 90 days in advance on the DMV’s website.

The DMV began opening select filed offices twice a month starting in June in an effort to reduce wait times. 

Wait times at the San Luis Obispo DMV usually extend into the parking lot. The DMV said wait times in the region have increased 92 percent over the last year. The average person waits in line for 56 minutes. 

The DMV said the long wait times are because more people are applying for a REAL ID, the new identification card required to board a domestic flight or enter a military base starting Oct. 1, 2020. To apply for a REAL ID, customers have to visit a DMV field office.

The San Luis Obispo field office is the only DMV office in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties that will be opened on Saturdays.