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DMV Kiosks Are Coming To L.A. Supermarkets, Because Something In This Cruel World Should Be Easy

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Waiting in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles is notoriously hellish, but that favorite lament of early-90s standup sets could be improved with the advent of brand-new DMV kiosks in several grocery stores around Los Angeles. The California Department of Motor Vehicles has installed self-service kiosks in 12 Albertsons, Superior and Vons supermarkets, NBC Los Angeles reports. The "DMV Now" kiosks allow you to renew your vehicle registration while you shop, making the DMV registration process much quicker (and potentially making the grocery-shopping process much, much longer.)

The DMV claims that vehicle registration at these self-service kiosks, which are accessible in English and Spanish, can supposedly take less than two minutes. Superior Grocers in South L.A. rolled out its DMV kiosk on June 19, but hasn't seen a mad rush in traffic, Al Jimenez, director of the grocery's South Avalon location, told LAist. "Most people don't seem to know about the kiosk yet, but the ones who do are really happy," Jimenez continued.

Other supermarkets with "DMV Now" kiosks can be found in Tarzana, Simi Valley, Lancaster, Palmdale and Canoga Park, among others. The California DMV is seeking to expand the "DMV Now" program with up to 40 more kiosks in 2017, so stop by while this lifehack is still relatively under the radar; soon, lines at supermarket kiosks could rival brick-and-mortar DMVs (or, worse yet, the endless wait forfried chicken at Howlin' Ray's)

Here's a map of where the existing DMV Now kiosks are in Southern California:

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(Courtesy of the Department of Motor Vehicles)