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Why DMV wait times are currently much longer right now

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Packed waiting area at the Shreveport DMV on Monday. Packed waiting area at the Shreveport DMV on Monday.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

If you're planning a trip to the DMV some time in the near future you may want to bring something with you to pass the time.

People are having to wait in line for hours for services that take only minutes to get done.  That was the case at the Shreveport DMV on Monday.  Residents say it's recent trend that's causing a lot of frustration, especially when they see  that not all the work stations are being occupied by workers.

Stephen Campbell, Commissioner of the State Office of Motor Vehicles,  says the Shreveport office is fully staffed and the long wait times are just a product of the time of year.

Campbell says, "The end of January through the end of March are faced with people sort of all at one time coming in to clear their drivers licenses, their I.D cards or registration on their vehicles. That coincides with people getting their income tax returns."

Campbell also says the state is currently under a hiring freeze, so adding more employees is just not an option right now.

There are some things you can do to help speed up your trip to the DMV or make your visit not as stressful.  The first thing you can do is have all your paperwork and payment ready.  Also, call ahead to make sure you know exactly what you need to bring. Some DMVs only accept cash, checks and money orders.  If you can, go at odd times, when the crowd may not be as large.  Finally, check if you can do your business online before visiting the DMV office.

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