Last Updated on March 21, 2019 by Marie Bautista
For most people, the idea of having to go into a government office to get something done is something of a nightmare. “I’m so happy to be going to the DMV today” is something that not many people will say. If you were going to get your first driver’s license, that might be different, but for most people, it isn’t.
It’s partly because you are going to have to stand in a long queue, but also partly because that wait might be all for nothing. How many times have you faced a gleeful government worker uttering the immortal lines, “You have the wrong form” or, “You’ll have to come back with …”
It’s enough to send you screaming for the door and want to avoid the place forever, but sometimes, you don’t have a choice. If you need a new Social Security card (SSC) since yours was lost or stolen, you’ll have to face the music.
Why Not Just Hack It?
Want to break the cycle? In this post, we are going to look at a simple hack that can ensure that your application is correct the first time around and that you have each of the requisite documents, correctly presented.
Want to learn more? The hack is simple —get an application service to help you out.
What Does an Application Service Do?
We wish we could say that they’d go and stand in the line for you, but we can’t. Depending on whether you are applying in person or by mail, you’re going to have to hand over your original driver’s license, ID, passport, or similarly important documents.
Those are items that you need to keep a close eye on, so would you want someone to take them in for you?
If they’re not going to handle the wait for you, then what good are they? Well, for starters, they’ll help you complete the right application and advise you on the correct supporting documents to use with it. They’ll advise you on the process to follow once you have everything together.
Is That Really Necessary?
If we’re going to split hairs, no, it’s not essential. If you want to, you can look up the information online, find the form, and complete it yourself. The advantage of doing things this way is that you won’t have to pay for it to be done.
However, the disadvantage is that the forms are not all that easy to understand and getting to the right information can be difficult. You could very well save yourself the few bucks the service would charge and end up wasting hours of your time looking for the information that you need.
And that’s assuming that you do get the whole application filled in correctly and supported by the right documents. If something is wrong, you’ll get to waste even more time during round two.
Is it worth using an agency to help with your application? That’s going to depend on you. If you’ve got a good deal of free time on your hands, and you don’t mind dealing with government departments, it’s probably not going to be worth paying the fee.
If, on the other hand, you have a busy schedule, outsourcing the information-gathering stage could make muchmore sense.