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Oahu residents can now preview lines at DMV, ID offices

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:51 p.m. HST, Feb 26, 2013

Oahu residents who need to get or renew their driver’s license or obtain a state ID card can check out how long the lines are at five locations via live webcams activated by the city, Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced today.

To view the webcams, go www.honolulu.gov and click on “DMV/State ID service line cameras.”

People may also access the webpage directly at www3.honolulu.gov/csddlline.

The webcams show still images, refreshed once a minute, of how many people are waiting in line at the following driver licensing facilities:

>> City Square, 1199 Dillingham Blvd.

>> Kapolei, 1000 Uluohia St.

>> Koolau, 47-388 Hui Iwa Street, Suite 19.

>> Wahiawa, 330 North Cane St.

>> Waianae, 85-670 Farrington Hwy.

All sites are open weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Waianae, which operates on Mondays and Wednesdays.

“The cameras will allow you to see how long the lines are before you leave your home or office — and give you the option of going to the location with the shortest line, waiting for a better time, or rushing over there now if you see the line is short,” Caldwell said in a news release. “And they will also prevent and deter criminal activity. One thing to remember: the lines are usually the longest on Fridays and Mondays or after a holiday, and at lunchtime.”

The counties took over processing applications for state identification cards in January, causing lines at some city DMV sites to nearly triple, the city said.

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Maneki_Neko wrote:
Let me get this straight. Instead of spending money to actually speed up the lines, Caldwell spent the money putting in cameras so you can see how long the line is. Is that about right? Does anyone see the fundamental problem here?
on February 26,2013 | 12:29PM
mki wrote:
Another band-aid.
on February 26,2013 | 01:34PM
soundofreason wrote:
So now we can view our DMV ineffectiveness............remotely?
on February 26,2013 | 06:23PM
honopic wrote:
It's not about speeding up the lines. It's more devious than that. We are being conditioned to accept increasing numbers of surveillance cameras in our lives, under the guise of "helping us." Yes, we can see how long the lines are and plan a visit to the DMV or ID offices accordingly. But prying government eyes are also watching those in line, likely with the ability to zoom in and see faces or even more detail. They could be reading your documents. Be careful what you do when you get in line -- Big Brother is watching.
on February 26,2013 | 02:48PM
TLehel wrote:
I agree. Something plainly illogical as this obviously has a ploy behind it. It's totally a waste of funds to install these, because the DMV WILL ALWAYS BE BUSY. It's never NOT busy, so what's the point of being able to see the DMV? All you'll ever see is lines. Maybe it's to deter people from coming. Whatever it is, it isn't right.
on February 26,2013 | 03:32PM
Kapua91 wrote:
Wasting precious revenue right out the gate.
on February 26,2013 | 03:26PM
SyDag wrote:
I suggest a "Take a Number" system. You can either wait for your number to be called or go perform your other business and come back once you estimate about when your assigned number will be called. Of course, if your number is called while you are away, then you'll have to start all over. I found this system to work very well at other establishments.
on February 26,2013 | 07:33PM
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