Tired of waiting on a Texas drivers license appointment? This teen has a solution

Frisco student Sowmya Nandyala founded her company, DriveIt, to help drivers book faster DMV appointments based on cancellations.

Tired of waiting on a Texas drivers license appointment? This teen has a solution

FRISCO, Texas — Finding and waiting for a DMV appointment can be far from pleasant.

Sowmya Nandyala, a 13-year-old from Frisco, Texas, had to tag along with her parents for a DMV appointment last year. She said, "To utter shock, the fastest appointment was a six month wait. The only way to get a fast appointment was going 60 miles north."

"I was surprised how no one had thought of something to find faster appointments to actually solve this problem when it's been such a widespread problem for so long," Nandyala said.

Nandyala took it in her own hands to find a solution and founded DriveIt.

DriveIt is a website that matches customers with cancelled DMV appointments.

"We have a technology that automatically scans for appointments tailored to your preferences and then we automatically book it for you, saving you months of time," Nandyala said.

Users can enter their preferences based on zip code, distance and date.

Nandyala launched her company three months ago, and she already has more than 300 people who have used DriveIt. So far, DriveIt has collectively saved customers more than 10 years of wait time.

"[One client's] appointment changed from May 13th to April 8th, and the day he actually used [DriveIt] was April 8th," Nandyala said. "He was able to get a same-day appointment through DriveIt and that saved him over a month and four days of time."

DriveIt depends on cancelled DMV appointments, but Nandyala said people can expect results in a few minutes to a few days.

For senior citizens, DriveIt is free. For others, it costs $10 dollars to book a DMV appointment through DriveIt. Customers can refresh for new appointments as many times as they want until they find a good fit.

From long day at the DMV with her parents, Nandyala hopes her product can help drive change.

Currently, DriveIt operates in Texas. Nandyala wants to expand it nationwide.

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