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Ask SAM: Trying to get an appointment for license renewal is difficult

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Q: Why there is no way to get a driver’s license renewal appointment by telephone? I have tried for two weeks at the Yadkinville office and also the 919-715-7000 in Raleigh. The Yadkinville office line is always busy. At the Raleigh number, I held more than 30 minutes, only to be told that no one could take my call. They say go online. I wonder how people without computer knowledge can get a license. I want to get the REAL ID, but one must go in person to get the star.

B.L.

Answer: There have been reports for some time about long waits and delays for people trying to renew driver’s licenses. 

John Brockwell, a communications officer for the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles, said that it may take a while to get through to a call center because of the high call volume that DMV is having currently.

“The best way to schedule an appointment is online at skiptheline.ncdot.gov. Appointments are available up to 90 days in advance and roll over each business day,” he said.

There are a few walk-in slots available at each DMV office, but there is not a way to know how long it will take to see an examiner. An appointment is the best way to get the renewal process completed.

Brockwell said that people who want to get the REAL ID are required by statute to appear in person at the DMV office with the necessary documents to get the star added to their license.

The Transportation Security Administration has changed the date that REAL IDs will be required. It is now May 3, 2023.

Real ID (copy)

REAL ID is a form of driver's license that satisfies federal standards set to go into full effect in October 2020.

Q: I need to remove mildew stains from some clothes that were wet and were left in a plastic by mistake. What can we do to remove the stains?

D.R.

Answer: We have heard several tips in the past for ways to rid your clothes of mildew stains.

  • One is to dissolve two tablespoons of laundry stain remover in one quart of hot water (it won't dissolve in cold water). Let it cool if needed, then sponge the solution onto the cloth or soak the stained area in the solution. Allow the solution to remain on the fabric from five to 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
  • The second solution is for white fabrics only. Mix two tablespoons of liquid chlorine bleach with one quart of warm water. Sponge or soak the stain in the solution. Rinse the fabric thoroughly after five to 15 minutes. Do not use this solution on silk, wool or spandex.
  • The third concoction is made by mixing lemon juice and salt. Moisten the stain with the solution, then spread the cloth in the sun to bleach it. After several minutes, rinse the fabric thoroughly.

Rather than build a collection of detergent and antibacterial sprays in the cupboard under your kitchen sink you may be surprised to find that there are some great natural solutions already sitting in your fridge or pantry.

Drug take-back

A drive-thru drug take-back event will be held from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. Oct. 23, at Inmar Intelligence, 635 Vine St., Winston-Salem. Unused or expired prescription medications can be turned in for disposal.

Participants are asked to remain in their vehicles when dropping off their medications for disposal.

The take-back is sponsored by Inmar Intelligence, and the Winston-Salem Police Department.

Email: AskSAM@wsjournal.com

Online: journalnow.com/asksam

Write: Ask SAM, 418 N. Marshall St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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