10 bizarre driving laws in the US that you should know about

10 bizarre driving laws in the US that you should know about

These strange US driving laws, believe it or not, are still in full force.  Most driving laws in the US were made to protect people and the safety of everyone on the road. If you’ve recently gotten your US driver’s license, then you probably remember these rules from your permit test. These include laws like how you should safely operate a vehicle in emergency situations or that you need to wear your seatbelt.  However, since each state or jurisdiction can make their own driving laws, there are some strange laws that still exist. Many of them were introduced a long time ago in a different time, but still are in effect as laws. While they might not be enforced anymore, they’re nonetheless strange.  Take a look at these 10 strange driving laws that still exist, from an in-depth article by hotcars.com.   Related: Need help passing your US road test? Take a look at these guides.    Women can’t drive in bathrobes in California That’s right, in California...
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How to Stay Calm and Pass Your US Driving Test

How to Stay Calm and Pass Your US Driving Test

Nervous before your road test? This breathing technique can help. Are you taking your road test soon but feeling nervous about it? Or even if you're not feeling nervous now, chances are when you show up at the test site and meet your examiner, nervous energy may kick in. In fact, virtually everyone we talk to is nervous before their road test - and for good reason. It's a test. And getting your license is a big deal. And there are things you don't have control over, like traffic conditions, other drivers, and the examiners attitude.   The 4-7-8 breathing technique helps reduce pre-test anxiety and nervousness The 4-7-8 breathing technique, also known as "relaxing breath", involves breathing in for 4 seconds, holding the breath for 7 seconds, and exhaling for 8 seconds. This breathing patterns purpose is to reduce anxiety. For example, people who have trouble sleeping also try this exercise. Before starting this breathing pattern, find a comfortable place to sit. So, if you're waiting...
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Introducing Skip, our brand new membership program!

Introducing Skip, our brand new membership program!

Skip is like AAA but for government services The team at YoGov is thrilled to announce the public launch of our new membership program, Skip! Now you can get access to dozens of free and discounted government services like express DMV appointments, TSA PreCheck enrollment, and document expiration reminders when you become a member. With a Skip membership, you also get 24/7 access to our team of government service professionals. Take it for a test drive today, with our 30-day free trial.   Skip gives you personal attention and support Avoid wasting hours navigating a government website, waiting in line or on hold. Skip is here to make government services faster, easier and friendlier. We're available around the clock via email, chat or phone and if we can't provide an immediate answer for you, we'll look it up. Save valuable time with Skip One of the most popular Skip services is our express DMV appointments. We help you find a quick DMV office or road test...
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The YoGov New Driver Wall of Fame

The YoGov New Driver Wall of Fame

Welcome to YoGov's Road Test Concierge Photo Wall of Fame! We've helped tens of thousands of people take their road test in over 40 US states with our #1 rated road test concierge service. We snap photos when you pass your road test, and here are the photos that have made the YoGov Wall of Fame!   Did you make the Wall of Fame? Summer includes folks who've taken their road test June - August. Fall includes folks from September onwards. Summer 2019 Wall of Fame 1 | Summer 2019 Wall of Fame 2 Fall 2019 Wall of Fame 1 | Fall 2019 Wall of Fame 2   Summer 2019 Wall of Fame 1 Summer 2019 Wall of Fame 2 Fall 2019 Wall of Fame 1 Fall 2019 Wall of Fame 2 ...
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Can I Renew My Passport Within 1 Day?

Can I Renew My Passport Within 1 Day?

  Need your passport renewed within a day? Are you in a panic because you just realized your passport is expired and you're about to travel abroad? Don't worry: It’s completely possible to get a passport renewed within a day or a few days for your upcoming trip. Here’s the ultimate guide to quickly renewing your passport, as well as our eligibility quiz to find out if you can get your passport renewed today.   The basics of renewing your passport. If you're over 16, you’re issued an “adult passport." That means it’s valid for 10 years. Once it expires, you need to renew and you’ll get a passport valid for another 10 years. Renewing can either be done in person at the post office, at a passport agency, or through a third-party renewal service. The standard turnaround time is 4-6 weeks for renewals. If you happen to face a life or death emergency and have an urgent trip, you can get this expedited. To renew your...
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7 Crazy Awesome Services for New US Residents

7 Crazy Awesome Services for New US Residents

Whether you’re moving for university or work, coming to the US from another country can be an incredibly stressful experience. When you arrive, your to-do list might be so long you don’t know where to begin. Some of your most basic needs, like finding an apartment and applying for a credit card, can seem difficult or impossible when you dont yet have US credit or any payment history. 😬 However, we've got some good news. Thanks to several innovative startups, many of these new-resident headaches have gotten a lot easier to handle. With over 5 million people moving to the US each year, these companies saw an opportunity to help a lot of people by solving these problems. Here are our 7 favorite genius services to help you get settled! 🏠 Get approved to rent an apartment with Nova Credit The most difficult barrier to renting a house or an apartment, is not having any US credit history, which most landlords require for approval. Your landlord wants...
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Photographing the next generation of US drivers

Photographing the next generation of US drivers

We're photographing the next generation of US drivers Here's an inside look at an exciting development our team launched 9 months ago as part of our road test concierge service. Getting your driver's license is an big life moment so, naturally, we started taking photos of everyone who passed their road test! Here's the story. Enter our road test concierge service One thing we discovered 2 years ago was this: Getting your driver's license is a life-changing moment and you will remember that moment for the rest of your life. We've been able to help so many people take their road test because of our network of road test concierges. We're thrilled to have the largest network of friendly, reviewed, and experienced road test concierge's in the US. Imagine your friendliest Lyft or Uber driver you've had. Now imagine they picked you up to take you to your road test so you could get your US license. And then helped make the accomplishment memorable for you with...
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Taking Your Driving Test? Check Out Our Guides to Passing for All 50 States

Taking Your Driving Test? Check Out Our Guides to Passing for All 50 States

If you’re planning to get your driver’s license, you’ll need to pass your driving test, or road test. The problem is each state conducts their driving test slightly differently. Our data team has made guides for every state so you don’t have to dig through the internet to find answers. Some of this information has never been published before, including data about specific road test locations, pass rates, and more. What Are the Key Road Test Differences State-by-State? Every state has their basic road test rules. Depending on the state you’re in, there are 5 key differences you should know about and understand before your test day. What is a passing road test score in your state? What maneuvers does the examiner test you on in your state? Is the road test on the open road, a closed course, or both? Does the car have any special requirements, like a center emergency brake? Does the accompanying driver have any special rules, like extra insurance? What...
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Skip the Tax Season Pain: Our Top 3 Tax Season Tips

Skip the Tax Season Pain: Our Top 3 Tax Season Tips

Skip the Tax Season Pain: Our Top 3 Tax Season Tips The 2019 tax deadline of April 15 is fast approaching. If you’re looking for some quick wins to get your taxes over and done with and prepared for next year, look no further. We’ve done all the digging so you don’t have to. Here are our top 3 tax season tips to help you quickly and easily get your taxes done and maximize your refund. Let Tax Software Do the Heavy Lifting The tax rules this year have changed in a few ways. Rather than trying to learn everything yourself, we highly recommend you use tax software to guide you through the process. There are major companies who automate all of the possible scenarios for you, so all you need to do is import your earnings and follow their prompts. Turbo Tax, TaxACT, and H&R Block are three of the most popular tax software options out there. They help millions of people easily...
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YoGov is Now Live Across 30 States

YoGov is Now Live Across 30 States

YoGov Is Now Live in 30 States Yes, you read that right. Whether you're looking for help with your road test or help with a passport or visa, our concierges are now available in 30 states to help you. This means we're able to help thousands more people have easier access to government services. To date, we've helped tens of thousands of people across these 30 states and we're not stopping there. Our goal is to serve all fifty. Our most popular service is our road test concierge service, where we offer a car, driver and test tips for people taking their road test. Do you need a car for your road test? Check! We've got you covered.   A Year Ago We Only We Only Served California This time last year we were only live in 1 state. We're beyond thrilled to be able to help so many more people! As we've grown geographically, our mission has continued to strengthen and also evolve. We've strengthened...
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Helping the Reentry Population Get Driver’s Licenses and Jobs

Helping the Reentry Population Get Driver’s Licenses and Jobs

One of the main challenges people who've been incarcerated face when reentering society is finding a job. One of the biggest barriers to getting a job is not having a driver's license, especially in cities where public transportation is scarce. Just like the reentry-focused Center for Employment Opportunities, or CEO, we believe that everyone deserves a second chance to work toward a better future for themselves and their communities. We're proud to support CEO by helping their participants get driver's licenses and thus greater access to employment opportunities. At YoGov, increasing government service accessibility is core to our identity. By helping CEO's participants get driver's licenses faster, not only does that maximize their chance of landing a job quicker, but also reduces the risk they'll re-offend by a staggering 90%. Here's the story of how we came to work with CEO and support their mission. Driver's licenses open doors for the reentry population "The need for participants in our program to get a driver's license is tremendous....
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Behind the Scenes with YoGov: Part II

Behind the Scenes with YoGov: Part II

Behind the Scenes at YoGov: Part II Every year, millions of people take their road test in the US, which is the final step to getting a driver’s license. At YoGov, we've built a network of independent drivers to help accomplish just that: Getting a US driver's license. While we haven't replaced family members or close friends who've long been the pillars of road test assistance, we have helped provide a new option for people. Here we dive deeper into this service, called our road test concierge. We take a look at who uses this service and who the independent drivers are that make this an attractive option in over 25 US states and counting.   People in search of a car and driver for their road test Two years ago, a Berkeley student, Raj, asked us for help with his road test. Raj didn't have a car (and rental cars aren't allowed) so we offered to help. We picked him up, gave him...
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Why Are More Americans Getting Passports?

Why Are More Americans Getting Passports?

The number of U.S. passports issued has surged in the last few decades Americans have historically had one of the lowest passport ownership rates in the world. However, in the last two decades, the rise of globalization along with the increasing competition between airlines has created a massive shift in demand for international travel, and thus, for passports. In 1997, around 6 million passports were issued in the U.S. Twenty years later, in 2017, that number more than tripled and 21 million more Americans carried passports - the highest number in history. What percentage of the population are we talking about? In 1990, 3% of Americans held passports. And today? 42% do. Despite this growth, the U.S. still lags far behind other developed countries. In the UK, for example, a full 83% of the population has a passport! So why are more people getting passports? Aside from globalization, another factor that's drawing more Americans abroad is the power of the internet. In the 1990s, sites like Expedia and...
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How to Renew Your US Passport: A 2019 Guide

How to Renew Your US Passport: A 2019 Guide

How to Renew Your Passport: An Introduction Getting your US passport renewed can be an intimidating and confusing experience for anyone. Even if you’ve renewed your own passport before, it was likely some years ago. Chances are, you aren’t aware of all the new online tools and services that make the renewal process far less painful. (Or, like me, you have a terrible memory and can’t remember how on earth you did it!) Passport renewal becomes even more stressful if you already have travel booked. Most of us know someone who was 5 days away from going abroad, only to notice their passport is expired! Also, a number of popular travel destinations like Mexico, Thailand, and Brazil require your passport to be valid for 6 months after your last date of travel in the country, which many people going abroad don’t realize. Luckily, it’s possible to renew your passport on any budget, no matter how tight your timeline. Contrary to popular belief, even if you’re flying...
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Behind the Scenes at YoGov: Part I

Behind the Scenes at YoGov: Part I

Come take an in-depth look inside YoGov, part 1 Here at YoGov, we’re incredibly proud to be making government services more accessible for everyone. We’ve helped hundreds of thousands of people navigate confusing government information and processes in over 20 states, thanks to our virtual and in-person government services concierge team, and we continue to help more people every day. Given our dedication to transparency in the face of questions about our services and our pride in how we operate, we've decided to open the kimono and share more about who we are and how our mission defines our operations behind the scenes. As a mission-driven team, we believe there is a future where people have greater accessibility to critical government services. At the same time, we believe government strongly benefits from this too (get ready, we’ve included data below!). Just like Lyft and Lime who have added more mobility options to increase accessibility, we’re adding clear, human-friendly information and modern services to increase...
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What You Need To Know To Pass Your Washington DC Road Test

What You Need To Know To Pass Your Washington DC Road Test

What You Need To Know To Pass Your Washington DC Road Test We know that taking your road test can be nerve-wracking.  With a little preparation and insight into the test itself, there's nothing to be worried about. To start, make sure you know the specific requirements in Washington DC, that you understand what they'll test on, and then practice a lot. Here we break down exactly what you need to know to pass your Washington DC road test. What to know before your Washington DC road test First, you need to have a road test scheduled. There are no walk-ins. You can book your Washington DC road test online. Second, make sure you practice and know the rules of the road specific to DC. The tester will ask you to parallel park, drive in traffic, make turns at intersections and in general show good control of your vehicle. In DC, you can practice around the actual road test sites too. We recommend...
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Real ID California Survey Results

Real ID California Survey Results

Real ID California: How many people have already upgraded? We’re releasing our first Real ID survey results for California residents today. Whether you have upgraded your driver’s license to the new federal requirement yet or not, this survey shows you that whatever camp you're in, you’re not alone. Based on our survey, only 42% of our California users have upgraded to their Real ID, so nearly 60% still need to do so. The Bay Area has the highest percentage of people who've upgraded (47%) and the Los Angeles area has the lowest percentage (37%). However, these percentages are far higher than the California population as a whole. Many of our respondents have already used us for DMV-related services, including to get their Real ID. In fact, many people in California still don’t know what the Real ID is and that it is required by Fall 2020. Be sure to get the word out to friends, family, and coworkers whenever you have the opportunity to make the transition...
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Where To Get Quick Passport Photos

Where To Get Quick Passport Photos

Where To Get Quick Passport Photos Are you planning a trip abroad and wondering the easiest way to get your passport photos done? Getting photos can be time-consuming as well as confusing to know what options exist. The result is a last-minute scramble for a lot of people. Incorrect passport photos are the number one reason applications are delayed. In 2017, the Department of State rejected a quarter million passport photos! So make sure you get this right. Here we break it down for you: how to get a good passport photo and how you can get one quickly. What are the requirements for my passport photo? Now that you know how many people get it wrong, we're here to make sure you get it right. Whether you’re getting a first-time passport, renewing one or just making an update, the rules for the passport photo are the same. Here are the requirements: Your passport photo needs to be recent, within the last 6...
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Why You Need The Real ID and How To Get One in 10 States

Why You Need The Real ID and How To Get One in 10 States

Why You Need The Real ID and How To Get One In 10 States The Real ID is here and the countdown clock is ticking to get yours. Without one, you won't be able to board a domestic flight. The idea behind the Real ID is pretty straightforward - have a new form of ID that's more secure - but the details on how to get one can be confusing and they vary by state. Here we've taken 10 states that are issuing the Real ID and details the specifics you need to know to get your Real ID. The state's we've detailed in this post are: California, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and DC. Is the Real ID a Requirement? If you don't have a valid passport and plan to fly anywhere nationally, YES, you need a Real ID by 2020. According to the Real ID Act, everyone in the United States will need a Real ID in order...
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6 Months Validity Passport Rule: What You Need to Know

6 Months Validity Passport Rule: What You Need to Know

🎁LAST DAY: Enter our Thanksgiving $100 Amazon gift card giveaway on Instagram! 6 Months Validity Rule for Passports: Here’s What You Need to Know Many of us know we need a passport to travel internationally. What you might not know is that your passport actually needs to be valid for months longer than you think. Many countries require 6 months of validity. Others require less. Here's what you need to know to make sure you don't get stuck at the airport before your next international trip. What is the 6 months validity rule for passports? Your passport should have at least six months of validity if you're traveling internationally.  Many countries will deny you entry if your passport isn't valid for at least 6 months after your last day of travel. For example, if you’ve booked a getaway to Belize and plan to stay until March 1, 2019, your passport cannot expire before September 1, 2019. The rule is a requirement of other countries accepting foreign...
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What Services Are and Aren’t Affected by the US Government Shutdown?

What Services Are and Aren’t Affected by the US Government Shutdown?

The U.S. Federal Government Shutdown is affecting both government workers and people who need government services. The government shutdown is still looming, and on Friday, this will become the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. From airports to national parks to federal offices, workers and customers are feeling the strain. Here’s everything you need to know about who the shutdown is affecting and how it could be affecting you.   Essential services, like passport services and the post office, are still business as usual Services that are considered essential to public safety and security are still open for business. This includes passport and social security offices, so if you need a passport renewal or social security benefits, you won’t be affected. In addition, federal programs supported by their own fees, like the Post Office, don’t shut down. Lastly, programs that don’t rely on annual funding approval from Congress, like Medicare and social programs, are also not affected.   TSA workers aren’t getting paid during the...
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The 6 New Changes At The California DMV You Should Know About

The 6 New Changes At The California DMV You Should Know About

The Ultimate Guide to California's New Driving Laws for 2019: What You Need to Know On January 1st, 2019, several important new DMV laws came into effect in California. If you don't yet have your Real ID yet, have a hybrid or electric car or are thinking of buying one, or have ever ridden a Bird or Lime scooter, you'll definitely want to read on! 1. No more helmets required for scooters If you're over 18, you don't need a bicycle helmet to use a motorized scooter anymore. Not that anyone ever knew about that law, or followed it. With the explosion of electric scooter companies, like Bird and Lime, the state decided a change was needed. This is part of the effort to figure out ways of embracing new mobility options, and we think it's a good start! 2. California now requires two pieces of proof of residency to get your Real ID. Guess what? It turns out that the California DMV has been...
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A quarter million California drivers will lose access to carpool lanes on January 1st

A quarter million California drivers will lose access to carpool lanes on January 1st

Starting January 1st, all white and green carpool lane stickers are expiring in California. Here’s how this will affect you. The new law will affect 220,000 California drivers. Will you be affected? If you’ve driven in and around California metro areas, from the Bay Area to Los Angeles, you know that traffic is a massive problem. Transportation planners have spent a lot of time building HOV (high-occupancy vehicle), or carpool, lanes to help reward folks who carry multiple passengers, have electric vehicles, or plug-in hybrids. This entire policy is changing starting on January 1st, 2019, and here’s how it could affect you. Zero-emission vehicles and plug-in hybrids bought before 2017 will no longer have access to carpool lanes. In 1999, zero-emission vehicles were first allowed to use HOV lanes with an original expiration date of 2008. This was to encourage the purchase of environmentally-friendly vehicles. The original expiration date was extended multiple times until they decided January 1st, 2019 would be the final...
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Keys to Passing Your Georgia Road Test

Keys to Passing Your Georgia Road Test

  Keys to Passing Your Georgia Road Test Whether you've been driving for 1 month or 10 years, in another state or another country, it's nerve-wracking to take a road test. There are also some Georgia state-specific requirements you'll need to know for your test. Here we've gathered exactly what you need to know to pass your Georgia road test, so you can spend more of your valuable time with friends and family and less time scouring the internet for information. Things to Know Before Your Georgia Road Test First, you need to make sure you have a road test appointment scheduled ahead of time. There are no walk-ins. You can easily schedule your Georgia road test here if you haven't yet. A few things to note: Make sure you have a valid email address. This is where they'll send your road test confirmation. When you book online, the system offers the first available appointment. You can take your road test at any Georgia Department of Driver Services that...
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Keys To Passing Your New York Road Test

Keys To Passing Your New York Road Test

  Keys To Passing Your New York Road Test Whether you plan to drive in the bustling Big Apple, cruise the Catksills upstate or joyride through western New York, there are some basic state-wide requirements you'll need to know to pass your New York road test. Taking your road test can be nerve-wracking. Whether you're a brand new driver or have been driving for 10 years in another county, most everyone gets nervous before taking a test. We know you have better things to do than worry about your road test. We also know that it can be confusing figuring out exactly what you need to do: How do I prepare for my road test? What forms do I need to bring? We're here to answer your questions and make things clear and simple. We've scoured the DMV resources for you, so you can focus on more important things, like hitting the road and visiting family. BEFORE YOUR NEW YORK ROAD TEST Be...
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What You Need to Know to Pass Your Road Test in Massachusetts

What You Need to Know to Pass Your Road Test in Massachusetts

  What You Need To Know To Pass Your Road Test in Massachusetts So it's time to take your road test in Massachusetts. Whether you’re a seasoned U.S. driver needing to re-take your test, are relocating to MA after driving in another country or you’re a new driver taking the test for the very first time, we've got you covered. Every state has slightly different requirements, so it's a good idea to know everything well ahead of time. It’s common to feel some pre-test jitters. Palms sweaty, heart-pounding kind of jitters. But, we’ve got some good news: it’s really nothing to worry about! As long as you’re prepared, you should do fine. Here at YoGov, we want to help make things a little easier for you, so we’ve pulled together exactly what you need to know and our best tips to set you up for success on road test day.     Before your Massachusetts Road Test Make a Road Test appointment. Make sure you...
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5 Reasons Why You Should Renew Your Passport Early (and Check The Expiration Date)

5 Reasons Why You Should Renew Your Passport Early (and Check The Expiration Date)

5 Reasons Why You Should Renew Your Passport Early (and Check The Expiration Date)   1. Most countries require 6 months validity for your passport What does that even mean? Well, most of us know we need a passport to travel internationally, but few know your passport needs to be valid for longer than your stay. In fact, many countries require it be valid for six months beyond your expected return date (yes, you read that right!) If it’s not, you won’t make it past airport check-in in most cases. Why the 6-month rule? Basically, countries don’t want to risk having visitors overstay their passport’s validity, be unable to travel and then become their responsibility. Fortunately, the U.S. Department of State has made a really helpful map resource for you to quickly check! Simply click on the country you’re traveling to and see what the requirements are. 2. Passport offices get backed up at the beginning of the year A new year is approaching, so...
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Check Your TSA PreCheck Status Ahead of your Holiday Travel

Check Your TSA PreCheck Status Ahead of your Holiday Travel

TSA PreCheck Tips for the Busy Travel Season Ahead Too frequently, people remember TSA PreCheck as they are standing at the airport heading home for the holidays, waiting in line to take off their shoes and force their laptop out of their carry-on as others stride past them. This December, expected to be the busiest travel season to date, marks the fifth year TSA PreCheck has been available for the general population to expedite the airport security process. And we all know what that means! Five blissful years of no longer showing strangers your socks as you mill through sluggish lines and hope you make it to your gate on time. Check your TSA PreCheck Expiration Date If you already have TSA PreCheck, that’s fantastic news! If you were an early adopter, be sure to check your expiration date. Those purchased when the program first launched will expire this December, five years after the program’s inception. If you’re new to TSA PreCheck, welcome! After...
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The Ultimate Guide to Moving to the US from Abroad

The Ultimate Guide to Moving to the US from Abroad

The three most common things you need to get done when moving to the US from abroad for the first time.  From getting your social security number, opening a bank account, and getting your driver's license, here's the step-by-step guide to help make your relocation as easy as possible. It's our goal to make the entire process quick and painless for you. This post has been put together by the YoGov Experts team. Here's what this post covers for you: How do you get a Social Security number in the US? How do you get a bank account in the US? How do you get a driver's license in the US? We've selected the 3 most common things you'll need when establishing yourself in the US. We've intentionally left off getting a phone plan and getting wifi. There are tons of posts already covering those. Also, this post does not cover getting Department of Homeland Security authorization to work or study in the...
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The Ultimate Guide to Passing Your Road Test in the US

The Ultimate Guide to Passing Your Road Test in the US

Here's everything you need to know to pass your DMV road test in the US! Updated May 2019: To get your driver's license in the US, you'll have to take your road test. There's no way around it. This guide will help maximize your chances of passing the test, as well as answer questions like: what is on the DMV road test, what are the common mistakes people make, how is the test scored and what are the car and registration requirements for taking the test? Let's dive in! Note: Every state has slight variations on how the road test is administered, so we hope this post will bring some clarity for you. What is the DMV road test and do I need to take it? The DMV road test is a required step in the US to getting your driver's license. Depending on what state you're in, it might be called something different, like the behind-the-wheel test or the road exam. The purpose of the...
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Celebrating 5,000 Road Test Concierge Trips at YoGov!

Celebrating 5,000 Road Test Concierge Trips at YoGov!

At YoGov, we believe government services should be easy and accessible to everyone. That’s why we decided to be “your government services concierge.” We started by solving the DMV experience. One of our core services has been helping people take their road test while giving them a friendly and helpful experience. It’s called our road test concierge service, and today we’re celebrating having helped 5,000 people take their road tests! If you have a driver’s license, you most likely remember your experience of passing your road test and getting your driver’s license, even if it was decades ago. You probably remember who you were with, what your examiner was like, and what points you got marked off for, if any! Getting your driver’s license is a major life milestone and we’re beyond proud to have helped so many people. Here’s how it all started in the spring of 2017…   How We Stumbled Upon Our First Road Test Concierge Back in early 2017, YoGov...
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Here Are Your Chances of Passing the California Road Test (by DMV)

Here Are Your Chances of Passing the California Road Test (by DMV)

Which California DMV should you absolutely avoid if you want to pass your road test? Wondering what the chances of passing your road test are? There's been a lot of anecdotal talk about "easy" vs "hard" road test locations. Well, we looked at the data to find out exactly which ones are the easiest and which ones are the hardest. This analytics, done by the YoGov Data Team, looked at tens of thousands of completed road tests across California in the past 16 months.   Taking your road test in the Bay Area? Here are pass rates from San Francisco to San Jose to Oakland The most important thing we noticed in our data analysis, especially in the Bay Area is this: There is no correlation between "non city DMVs" and higher pass rates. Most people come to us and ask us to book them somewhere that's not San Francisco. We'll it turns out that the SF DMV is not a bad place to...
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Announcing Our DMV Line Waiting Concierge Service, Free For Seniors and Low-Income Residents

Announcing Our DMV Line Waiting Concierge Service, Free For Seniors and Low-Income Residents

Introducing our DMV Line Waiting Concierge service!  We're thrilled to announce our latest service aimed at helping people access the DMV! If you can afford to wait in line all-day at the DMV, our DMV Line Waiting Concierge service can help. The Lines Are Longer at the DMV Since the Real ID became available this year in California, both wait times at the DMV and wait times to get an appointment have more than doubled. All-day waits have become the new normal. Getting an appointment is even more difficult. Since April, the average number of days to get an appointment has increased from 22 days to 48 days. We've launched our DMV Line Waiting Concierge service as another solution to help people save time while also helping the DMV service more people. DMV Line Waiting Concierge is Part of Our Mission “At YoGov, our mission is to help people spend less time dealing with government services so they can spend more time at work...
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Finding it impossible to get a timely DMV appointment in California? Here’s why!

Finding it impossible to get a timely DMV appointment in California? Here’s why!

Were you planning on heading to the DMV this summer to get things taken care of before you head back to school or go out of town? Good luck! In case you haven’t seen the news, the California DMV is having very long queues, with wait times exceeding 8 hours for people. We've unpacked California DMV appointment wait times right here. The California DMV, to its credit, is quickly hiring hundreds of more people and increasing their opening hours. The long waits are likely to continue through 2020. People are lining up to get their Real ID before it becomes mandatory to have one for air travel. To shed some light on the problem, we decided to dive into data and see how long customers have to wait to get a DMV appointment on average. Here’s what we’ve found.   The wait is over 2 months for the next available DMV appointment The most obvious way to avoid long wait times at the...
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Gardena DMV Information, Location, and Hours

Gardena DMV Location & Information The Gardena DMV is located in Gardena, California. It’s open from 8am-5pm Monday through Friday, except for Wednesday when it opens at 9am. Gardena DMV Wait Times 📌 Based on our historical data, the average wait time here is 1.1hrs 📌 The average wait time with an appointment is 0.1hrs 👉 Book a free appointment 📌 The average time to get an appointment is 1.5 weeks 👉 Get an express appointment   🤓 Pro-tips: If you have a day or two to spare, it's strongly recommended that you book an appointment. This is always faster than waiting in line.   😇 Disclaimer: As a independent third-party we have no control over DMV wait times. The wait times our based on data we've collected from users just like you and continues to improve over time. All things being equal, wait times in the mornings in the middle of the week are typically the shortest. Gardena DMV Map and Directions  ...
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Hollywood West DMV Location, Hours, and Information

Hollywood West DMV Location & Information The Hollywood West DMV is located in Los Angeles, California. It’s open from 8am-5pm Monday through Friday, except for Wednesday when it opens at 9am. Hollywood West DMV Wait Times 📌 Based on our historical data, the average wait time here is 1.9hrs 📌 The average wait time with an appointment is 0.1hrs 👉 Book a free appointment 📌 The average time to get an appointment is 2.5 weeks 👉 Get an express appointment   🤓 Pro-tips: If you have a day or two to spare, it's strongly recommended that you book an appointment. This is always faster than waiting in line.   😇 Disclaimer: As a independent third-party we have no control over DMV wait times. The wait times our based on data we've collected from users just like you and continues to improve over time. All things being equal, wait times in the mornings in the middle of the week are typically the shortest. Hollywood West DMV Map and Directions <  ...
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Mount Shasta DMV Location, Hours, and Information

Mount Shasta DMV Location & Information The Mount Shasta DMV is located in Mount Shasta, California. It’s open from 8am-5pm Monday through Friday, except for Wednesday when it opens at 9am. Mount Shasta DMV Wait Times 📌 Based on our historical data, the average wait time here is 1.1hrs 📌 The average wait time with an appointment is 0.1hrs 👉 Book a free appointment 📌 The average time to get an appointment is 1.5 weeks 👉 Get an express appointment   🤓 Pro-tips: If you have a day or two to spare, it's strongly recommended that you book an appointment. This is always faster than waiting in line.   😇 Disclaimer: As a independent third-party we have no control over DMV wait times. The wait times our based on data we've collected from users just like you and continues to improve over time. All things being equal, wait times in the mornings in the middle of the week are typically the shortest. Mount Shasta DMV Map and Directions  ...
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Oakland Claremont DMV Location, Hours, and Information

Oakland Claremont DMV Location & Information The Oakland Claremont DMV is located in Oakland, California. It’s open from 8am-5pm Monday through Friday, except for Wednesday when it opens at 9am. Oakland Claremont DMV Wait Times 📌 Based on our historical data, the average wait time here is 2.6hrs. The average wait time with an appointment is 0.2hrs. However, most appointments are booking 6-8 weeks away. ⚡ If you need an appointment within 3-4 weeks, we recommend booking an DMV Express Appointment. 🙋‍♀️ If you need to visit the DMV this week, we strongly recommend our DMV Line Concierge service. 📝 Have other questions? Check out our California DMV Knowledge Base Oakland Claremont DMV Map and Directions 😇 Disclaimer: As a independent third-party we have no control over DMV wait times. The wait times our based on data we've collected from users just like you and continues to improve over time. All things being equal, wait times in the mornings in the middle of the week are typically the shortest....
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YoGov Concierge Driver of the Month: Terece from San Jose

YoGov Concierge Driver of the Month: Terece from San Jose

It's YoGov's mission to delight people when it comes to government services, and besides great technology we have amazing people helping deliver that mission. When it comes to the DMV road test, we have some truly amazing people who will help you navigate the process and pass your test - Terece is one of them. We're thrilled to honor Terece as the first YoGov Concierge Driver of the Month! Recognizing amazing service! Terece has done hundreds of YoGov concierge trips (this is our service where we help people pass their DMV road test including car access, tips, warm-up and friendly-faces). One of the things we love about Terece is she has constantly gone above and beyond to wow folks. It's amazing! More often than not, the people we help are nervous or stressed about the experience they are about to have (the DMV!). Terece has a way of helping people calm down and feel ready to pass their test while also giving...
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When is the best time to get my Real ID?

When is the best time to get my Real ID?

When is the best time to get my Real ID?   If you're looking for a great overview to getting your Real ID card, this post is for you. By October 2020 the TSA will start enforcing Real ID card requirements to everyone in the United States for air travel. This guide helps answer all of your questions including when is the best time to get your Real ID card, are their travel alternatives to the Real ID, should I just get a passport, and does my state even have the Real ID card available yet? If you're ready to get your Real ID, you can make an appointment for your local DMV office. What is the Real ID card? The REAL ID Act of 2005 calls for states to issue ID documents that meet a higher level of security and standards. The final part of the roll-out involves the TSA enforcing REAL ID-compliant ID’s for air travel. That means that if you fly domestically eventually you will need a REAL...
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4 tips to avoid getting a parking ticket

4 tips to avoid getting a parking ticket

Hate paying for that parking ticket?  Parking tickets have long been an accepted stress of urban living. The threat of getting a ticket is always looming: Where did I park? Do I need to move my car? Is today street cleaning? How much time is left on the meter? Today, cash-poor cities are increasingly issuing parking tickets in an effort to increase revenues. This can be incredibly frustrating for you and hard on your wallet. We put together a few tips to help you avoid these tickets!   Parking ticket survey: Bay Area According to a survey we conducted at the end of 2017, residents in the Bay Area get an average of 2.8 parking tickets per year. The fee for a street cleaning violation in San Francisco is now $73. That means that on average residents are paying $219 per year in San Francisco. That's a lot! We can think of  a ton of other ways you'd rather spend that money. So here are...
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Want to know your chances of passing the DMV road test?

Want to know the DMV pass rates in your city? The process of the DMV road test can be incredibly stressful and difficult. Even experienced drivers can have a tough time passing. In fact failing is common. To help you better prepare for your DMV road test, we've compiled data on DMV road test pass rates across San Francisco, the Bay Area, and California. It's important for you to know ahead of time if the odds are with you or against you, depending on your DMV test location.   Maximize your DMV road test chances with practice Before we get into the data, we want to point out the obvious: The more time you have behind the wheel of a car in California, the higher likelihood you'll have of passing your test. Period. Practice, practice, practice. And learn the rules of the road as well. But we get that sometimes you just don't have enough time to keep practicing or work or life demands that you...
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What do you need to get a Real ID in California?

What do you need to get a Real ID in California?

@media screen and (min-width: 800px) {#container{ width:60%; padding:auto; margin:auto;}} What documents do you need to get your Real ID in California? If you plan to travel by plane in the US or visit military facilities and don't want to carry your passport every time, you will need a California Real ID and the deadline for this is fall 2020, so timing is running out to visit the DMV and make the switch. To ensure you don't get turned away at the DMV without your documents, we've put together a checklist of needed documents. Review the list below, book a DMV appointment, and get a head start on everyone else in California who will need to get a Real ID. Read until the end and you can find out how to get someone to wait in line for you at the DMV.   Checklist of Documents You'll Need To Get a Real ID When applying for a REAL ID, or renewing your state ID or driver's license into...
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A Holiday Thank You Message from YoGov

A Holiday Thank You Message from YoGov

Here's to you! This Holiday Season, we wanted to take a minute to wish you the very best and say thank you. We hope you have a safe and happy holidays with friends and family. Thanks to you and your support we're helping thousands of people every day have easier access to the DMV and other government services. Many thanks from all of us here at YoGov, we couldn't have done it without your feedback, support, and more. As a mission-driven company, we cannot wait to continue to help you with tons more new services in 2018 (passports, visas, and licenses oh my). How can we help you in 2018?   With love, The YoGov Team   PS - Thank you to our entire team including our dozens of concierge drivers! Here's a shout-out to all their amazing help....
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What is a California REAL ID and do I need one?

What is a California REAL ID and do I need one?

California REAL ID Licenses Become Available this January. REAL ID compliant California Licenses will be available beginning on January 22, 2018. As a result, we anticipate the DMV will be significantly busier in the coming months. Even if you don't need a REAL ID, you'll still be affected by the longer lines and appointment waits at the DMV. Read on to see our answers to all your REAL ID questions.   What is a REAL ID? The REAL ID Act of 2005 calls for states to issue ID documents that meet a higher level of security and standards. The final part of implementation involves the TSA enforcing REAL ID-compliant ID's for air travel. That means that if you fly domestically eventually you will need a REAL ID or a passport, and the timelines for this vary by each state.   How does the REAL ID Act impact Californians? If you have a federally approved identification already, such as a valid US Passport or military ID, you may use this as your...
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What are the chances you’ll pass your California road test?

What are the chances you’ll pass your California road test?

We studied driver's test pass rates across 12 of the most popular DMV's in California. Here's what we found. Passing the California DMV road test (or behind-the-wheel test) on the first try is not easy. While being a good driver is the most important thing, there are a lot of other factors that come in to play. We've taken a look at our data to see which DMV's have the highest (and lowest) pass rates and the results were surprising... What matters on the road test? Before we take you through our top 12 list, a few important notes on what you should focus on when preparing for your California behind-the-wheel test. When it comes to passing your DMV road test, practice and experience is the most important factor. You should know what's on the test and how it's scored. Here's our post on The Top 5 Mistakes People Make on Their Road Test we definitely recommend. However, the scoring is still subjective to some degree and...
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The Top 5 Mistakes People Make on their California Behind-the-Wheel Test

The Top 5 Mistakes People Make on their California Behind-the-Wheel Test

Most common California road test mistakes revealed Ever wonder what the most common errors are for folks who are taking their behind-the-wheel road test in California? We’ve now helped over 1,000 people pass their road test and here’s what we’ve learned from the results. Whatever you do, avoid these mistakes and you’ll substantially increase your odds of passing on the first attempt!   California Road Test Mistakes, Number 5: Not Looking Over Right Shoulder for Bicyclists When you are taking your road test, you need to be sure you’re checking over your right-shoulder for bicyclists. This is most especially true when you are making a right hand turn, and it is true even if there is no bicycle lane present. We’ve started telling every road test taker about this as part of our concierge service. It seems as though it’s become a favorite “DQ” for DMV examiners. There are 8 disqualifying mistakes on the DMV behind-the-wheel test. Often examiners can choose to lump this...
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Here’s exactly what you need to know for your California Road Test (video)

Here’s exactly what you need to know for your California Road Test (video)

Watch these California DMV road test videos! Here's how to maximize your chances of passing your California DMV road test on the first time. Our concierge drivers will go over all of this with you in person, but we highly recommend watching these to prepare and get comfortable. California DMV Road Test Overview, 2018 In this video, Terece explains what you need to know on the test from beginning to end. She explains the pre-drive safety check, the hand signals, and the rest of the road test all the way to the end. This video has gone viral on YouTube with over 500,000 views! Important DMV Road Test Tips, 2018 In this video, one of our other top drivers, Leo, takes you on the road and goes over important driving tips that you should definitely know about for the test. This video complements Terece's overview and provides additional guidance.   California DMV Road Test Scoring Overview In this video, you'll hear more about how the test is graded,...
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