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5 virtual solutions to enhance citizens' experience at the DMV

The world has embraced digital transformation incredibly in the last couple of years. No one was given immunity from the rush to technology. People are talking about the post-covid world, suggesting a clear before and after mark. With all having to adapt to a new order of things, public services are not the exception.

Are government agencies utilizing the latest technology to provide an improved citizen experience?

1. Smart scheduling software

Appointment scheduling can make the typical congested DMV office ancient history. Empower your customers to take control of their time. Make it easy for your citizens to schedule, track, and rearrange their appointments on any device.

Citizens can plan appointments online instead of having to improvise based on how long the line would be. Even when you don't know exactly how long you will be there, you know that there is a limited number of people destined for that time window, which does guarantee a more expeditious service.

Smart scheduling software includes automatic reminders to customers about what they need to bring along to their appointment. This helps provide a first-class experience to citizens and streamlines the DMV’s services.

We're used to seeing front-line employees who can be exhausted and irritable. The more seamless the experience is, the more productive your employees will be. Customers will receive better and friendlier service. This method of scheduling can increase an organization's overall efficiency while also improving the citizen and employee experience.

2. Increase your online offer

Until recently, (to be exact just before the COVID-19 pandemic started) most government services had to be provided in person. If someone needed to access a service, they had to physically visit a government office and join the back of a line.

Innovations now enable institutions like the DMV to seamlessly provide more services online. Renewing a driver’s license or taking knowledge tests are now available online in some states.

The more citizens that can access the service they need online, the less of a strain is put on your staff, freeing them up to provide a higher quality service to the citizens who choose to access your services in person. And the fewer people in your government office, the less time each person will spend waiting in line.

Finally, if a citizen doesn’t meet the right requirements to access the service they need or didn’t bring the documents they need to a branch, they’d have to waste time queuing for a service they can’t access. Versus the option of being at home to be able to go and grab it or order it online with a few clicks of their mouse.

The more services the DMV offers online, the fewer people will need to visit the DMV’s office. And this will result in a much more enhanced customer journey.

3. Online forms and upload documents

Allowing citizens to fill in all the paperwork they need to complete and upload required documents to access the service before they arrive for their appointment is another simple practice to reduce wait times at the DMV.

This will minimize the number of citizens on the DMV, improving real and perceived wait times. At the same time, you may reduce the margin of error, ensuring every citizen has access to all the information to complete the forms with the information needed, as they’ll have the supporting documents to revise at home.

Plus, an online smart system won't admit incomplete and incorrect forms, meaning citizens will never have to go through the frustrating experience of filling out the same form twice.

Empowering citizens to fill out paperwork in advance of their appointment will shorten the time of each visit, streamlining your entire operation while also improving citizens' and staff experience.

4. Assign staff based on citizen needs

Q-Flow is the core platform that powers our suite of customer experience and queue management solutions. This comprehensive software empowers government offices to manage and optimize omnichannel customer journeys and streamline processes.

Q-Flow delivers data you can use to identify peaks and troughs in customer activity for the period of time you choose: the time of year, month, week, and day. You can then use this real-time information to plan your staff schedules, so the DMV runs as smoothly as possible.

The Q-Flow system also automatically assigns citizens to the member of staff best suited to help them based on their specific needs. This ensures each citizen gets the service they need as quickly as possible, allowing the DMV to provide a more efficient operation.

5. Provide better service with Q-Anywhere

Now the citizens can be empowered to seamlessly access the DMV services remotely with Q-Anywhere.

Customers can schedule an appointment and join a virtual waiting room from wherever they choose or need to be at the time.

The main reason waiting in line is so frustrating is the fact you don’t know how long you’re going to be there. Should you bother staying in line after it’s already been more than one hour, or will it take a decade? Do you need to rearrange your children's pick-up at school, or it will be only ten more minutes?

Systems like Q-Anywhere allow you to automatically send updates to citizens through a mobile notification and across on-premises digital signage.

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Customer experiences designed for a virtual world

The solutions exist. At ACF we have developed applicable solutions to support the world in this continual transfer to the virtual world. We are determined to improve all aspects of customer service and bring your organization to its top efficiency. The latest technology can be implemented strategically.

Get the most out of ACF solutions and stand out by providing the best customer journey. See how ACF supports all industries and take a closer look at government services and how to improve operational efficiencies:

  • Improve employee satisfaction by automating customer flow and eliminating unnecessary steps.
  • Maintain a relaxed environment and improve the quality of service.
  • Improve resource allocation and productivity with real-time predictive data.
  • Eliminate unnecessary tasks and automate workflow for quicker transfers and process completion.
  • Reduce costs by decreasing duplication through integration with 3rd party software.

DMV aligned with the digital transformation

The Department of Motor Vehicles, better known as the DMV, is one of the government institutions that gathers important information regarding identity, driver’s licenses, and vehicle registration, among others.

The customer experience should be the focus of any service. If customer experience is in the spotlight these days, being the main goal, the formula will unequivocally result in integrating available technologies to make every step of the customer journey enhanced. Less time is wasted and more pleasant experiences, ultimately encouraging an efficient system designed for the citizens.

Visit the DMV: Pros and Cons

  • Arrive hours before offices open
  • vs. arrive a couple of minutes before your scheduled turn.
  • Expect alterations to your plans.
  • vs. expect the day to go as planned.
  • Spend time in a crowded space.
  • vs. move around at will.
  • Bring required documents with doubt.
  • vs. uploaded documents approved before your visit.

ACF is a leading company in customer experience management solutions. ACF transforms the way citizens interact with different service industries, enforcing an ideal experience at every touch point by improving communication with citizens and minimizing wait times. Our online appointment scheduling as our queue management software eliminates lines, prioritizes individuals, transfers citizens across departments, and facilitates online transactions.

With ACF Technologies' queue management software and systems, government offices can stay on top of citizens' demands for accessibility and transparency throughout the appointment process.