I just got back from the DMV, transferring my license, registration and car title from Connecticut to Virginia. I thought that going during weekday business hours would result in a short wait, but I thought wrong: after I filled out my paperwork and got my numbered ticket, it was more than an hour before my number actually came up. This gave me plenty of time to read the posters displayed throughout the DMV office, including one that read "RENEW IN PERSON: PAY $5." Apparently, when it's time to renew your license in Virginia, it's free if you do it online or via the mail, but actually doing it at the DMV will cost you.
Wow. I know that government bureaucracies are fueled primarily by contempt for the public they presumably serve, but -- with the notable exception of the DHS/TSA -- they're rarely so explicit about it: "We hate you so much we can't even stand to look
at you, and if you make us do it anyway it'll damned well cost you."