A new “express lane” has trimmed waits at the Blaine County Department of Motor Vehicles since it was implemented some 12 weeks ago—but if you want to be in, out and on-your-way, timing is still key.

Spearheaded by Chief Deputy Assessor Melissa Fry, the new line is dedicated to quick transactions—registration renewals, release of liability forms for when someone sells a car, Idaho dealer titles and VIN inspections—as well as answering general questions. That has kept things moving, according to County Assessor Jim Williams.

“The wait times per hour have decreased overall, and the occurrence of wait times 10 minutes or more has dropped significantly,” Williams said. “There are still peak times each day when the wait will be over 10 minutes, but those times have seen significant improvement with the new express line.”

Just how much? The average wait time has dropped every day but Wednesday, where it has held steady at seven minutes per transactions. And Mondays—the DMV’s busiest—are five minutes faster.

Still, if you’re looking for speed, aim to go early or late, and avoid lunch. Here’s a look at the average wait time for each hour it’s open, courtesy of Williams, and a comparison to how things looked before the express lane. Remember, Fridays are rare—the DMV is typically open Monday through Thursday, unless there’s a holiday.

Email the writer: mdee@mtexpress.com

After Express Line

Day Wait Time Day 8-9 9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1 1-2 2-3 3-4 4-5 5-6
Average wait time by day Average wait time by hour
Monday 9 Monday 5 4 7 14 15 12 11 11 8 3
Tuesday 7 Tuesday 5 3 6 9 8 12 9 6 6 4
Wednesday 7 Wednesday 3 4 7 8 8 12 12 9 6 2
Thursday 6 Thursday 2 4 5 5 8 11 9 7 9 3
Friday 1 Friday* 0 1 3 1 0 1 0 4 0 0

Before Express Line

Day Wait Time Day 8-9 9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1 1-2 2-3 3-4 4-5 5-6
Average wait time by day Average wait time by hour
Monday 14 Monday 5 9 13 17 18 17 17 17 17 8
Tuesday 8 Tuesday 5 4 8 11 8 9 10 9 11 4
Wednesday 7 Wednesday 5 3 6 7 8 9 11 7 7 4
Thursday 9 Thursday 5 6 4 9 13 12 10 13 11 5
Friday 2 Friday 2 2 2 1 2 3 3 2 2 2
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