Proposed Bill Would Make Selling DMV Appointment Illegal

What to Know

  • YoGov is a startup that will wait in line for you at the DMV

  • The “line waiting concierge” service costs about $25 an hour

  • YoGov also helps with road tests and finding open appointments

A new bill introduced this week would make selling appointments at the Department of Motor Vehicles illegal.

People who don’t have the time or the patience for hours-long lines at California DMV have opted to pay for services, like Oakland-based startup YoGov, where someone else will stand in line for you. But Assembly Man Tyler Diep, R-Long Beach, is looking to ban those services with Assembly Bill 317.

“Government is supposed to treat everyone equally, regardless of how much they can afford to pay,” Diep said about his very first legislation.

The bill would not only apply to businesses like YoGov but to individuals who will face a $2,500 fine, which would be deposited into the state’s transportation fund.

Test Driving YoGov’s DMV ‘Line Concierge’Test Driving YoGov's DMV 'Line Concierge'

NBC Bay Area has reached out to the DMV for comment.

YoGov did not immediately respond to a request for comment but in August, its founder and CEO Ryder Pearce told NBC Bay Area that he created the service because of government inefficiency. 

“We’ve seen how bad the DMV lines have gotten these past several months in California,” Pearce said.

He also said many people who wait in line are Uber and Lyft drivers and people who are looking for extra income. 

Rebecca Patterson is a “line waiting concierge” for startup YoGov who’ll wait in line for you at the California DMV.
Photo credit: Jonathan Bloom/NBC Bay Area

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