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When are the lines shortest at the Wilmington locations of the Division of Motor Vehicles?

Judy Royal

It’s time to renew your driver’s license, or maybe you’re getting one for the first time. What could be more frustrating than showing up at the Division of Motor Vehicles and having to stand in an agonizingly long line? It happens in this busy and growing area, but you may be able to avoid it. DMV officers at  both New Hanover County locations offered some tips on getting in and out in a hurry:

North Wilmington

1 Station Road (U.S. 17 North): (910) 350-2005

Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Officers there say in the past eight months peak periods of large crowds have tapered off, so these days just about anytime is a good time to come in if you’re in a hurry. It gets a little crowded around the 1st and 15th of the month when many people get paid and occasionally around 4 p.m. during the school year, but wait times are minimal. No one was in line one summer Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.

South Wilmington

2390 Carolina Beach Road: (910) 251-5747 or (910) 251-5748

Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Fridays are the busiest days at this office, followed by Mondays. Your best chance of getting in and out quickly is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Avoid most afternoons 3-4:30 p.m. This office takes appointments daily 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m., but you must call at least a day ahead.

Officers at both locations say it’s hit or miss, so these are just suggestions. Things can change at any moment with the opening of the door.

If you’ve lost your license and you need a duplicate, save yourself the time and hassle by taking care of it online.

User-contributed question by:
Mary L.

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2 Responses to “ When are the lines shortest at the Wilmington locations of the Division of Motor Vehicles?”

  1. On May 7, 2010 at 8:24 am anonymous wrote:

    I went to the DMV in Burgaw – you can also go to the Wallace location. Fewer people, less waiting – restricted hours at Burgaw. You do not have to get your license renewed in your county. It can be done anywhere in the state. Go to NCDMV website for locations, times, and directions.

  2. On August 22, 2010 at 9:46 pm Bill wrote:

    I recently moved to Wilmington from Northern Virginia and visited the DMV on a Tuesday morning at 10:45 am. I was told the wait for the vision/written test would be 1.5 to 2 hours; 3 hours later my number was called and I left with my temporary license at 3:00 pm. People were sitting on the floor (there were far too few seats) and it appeared that two of the three people on duty took lunch at the same time. I thought visiting the DMV office in Alexandria was grueling but it was a piece of cake compared to the license office in Wilmington. Hopefully registering my cars won’t be as inefficient or time-consuming.

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