ST. LOUIS — A trip to the DMV could have you waiting for hours, but some teenagers have come up with a business model to avoid the line.
Jack Stark, 15, started Stand in-line Services, a business that helps people avoid the wait in the St. Louis area. He came up with the idea after his own encounter with a long line earlier this summer.
“When I was getting my permit it was 90 degrees. It was so hot, I was sweating so bad, I got a pretty bad sunburn,” he said. “I thought, it’s got to be hard on older people.”
Customers sign up for the service online. Stark or one of his employees will stand in line on the customer’s desired day and time. The customer will receive a text when their spot is ready and can proceed to the front of the line.
Since starting the business a few weeks ago, Stark said about 100 people have used the service.
Long waits at the DMV come after licensing offices were temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Even people arriving early can face a 2- to 3-hour wait.
“I think the longest we waited was four hours. That was insane,” Stark said.