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Old 01-04-2018, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Fountain Valley Ca.
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You want a friendly DMV experience? join AAA and go there. You can do most things there other than license renewals. i had to transfer ownership of my dad's sailboat to me when he died, and i was able to do it there. A much more pleasant experience.
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Old 01-04-2018, 10:55 AM
 
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This is a trick question, right? There's a reason DMV employees are stereotyped as some of the least friendly people in the world. Six of one, half dozen of the other - they all suck.
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Old 01-04-2018, 10:59 AM
 
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I second and third the suggestion of Auto Club (AAA). I use it instead of the DMV whenever possible.

But since Orange County was mentioned, the DMV in San Clemente is by far the kindest, gentlest (and least crowded) DMV I have ever been to. It's a heck of a drive if you live in LA, though.
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Old 01-04-2018, 12:58 PM
 
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Inglewood in my experience is one of the quicker ones. Nice folks, too. The USC one is way too big and chaotic.
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Old 01-04-2018, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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The employee who tended to me in West Hollywood was cheerful; he would announce your zodiac sign when he saw your birthday.

The employees downtown were friendly but some of the patrons were straight out of a zombie apocalypse.
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Old 01-04-2018, 04:52 PM
 
Location: CA
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Hawthorne was the friendliest DMV I experienced, which was funny because the area seemed sketchy and I was surrounded by some applicants talking about their criminal history whilst filling out their forms.

The worst DMV I went to was in Culver City. The woman was so rude, anytime I tried to ask a question she'd cut me off and order me around. I put my foot down and then she had the nerve to argue with me and her boss came out. I had to go back again the next day and I had the same woman and she just did as she was told and didn't give me any attitude.
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Old 01-05-2018, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Kaliforneea
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hey thread bump from 2011. I'd tell you where I had a "nice" experience, but it'd be a 2 hour drive to get there... and I still waited an hour and a half before the deal was done and I was out the door.

So have a nice lunch, install some new games on your phone (or bring a paperback book), and bathe in hand santizer as soon as you walk out.
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Old 01-05-2018, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Norway
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I booked an appointment for today at the Granada Hills DMV. They were expedient, professional and courteous. I didn't get what I wanted, but it wasn't their fault and they steered me in the proper direction to take care of things. Don't think I was there more than 15-20 minutes, probably less than 10 waiting.

Pro tip - make an online appointment ahead of time.

(I've also been told that Simi Valley has very short lines and helpful staff. Haven't been there myself).
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