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My Morning at the DMV


Two weeks ago, I was awake at 1 a.m., when I suddenly sat up in bed and asked myself, "When does my driver's license expire?" I decided to go back to sleep and find out the answer in the morning.

The next morning, I looked at my driver's license (while driving in the car on the way to work...), and the answer was... it EXPIRED on my last birthday, May 12, 2009!!! I have had "Italy Brain" for months.

I know my passport is good until 2011. I didn't get a thingy in the mail. POOP! I called and made an appointment at DMV. The soonest they could take me was yesterday. I haven't driven since then, except a 4 mile round trip to the agency on Wednesdays.

Monday night I read the WHOLE 76 page Driver's Handbook, and took all the practice tests.

I arrived at 9:00 for my 9:05 appointment. I had to stand in line to tell them I had a 9:05 appointment. There were 11 people in front of me in line. I got to the front of the line at 9:10. I filled out a form, my number was called immediately. I paid $28, passed the eye exam, and was told to go have my photo and thumbprint taken. I said, "Don't I have have to take a test?" She went back to the computer and said, "No, you have a perfect driving record." Hehehe

I guess I studied for nothing. I was out the door at 9:22. I DID learn that if your windshield wipers are on, you need to turn on your headlights. Since it rains here 2-3 days a year, I hope I remember that handy tidbit.

I have gotten ONE ticket in my lifetime. It was a speeding ticket in 1970. I was 18 years old. My father grounded me and took away my Camero for two weeks. I have been very good ever since. At least I have not been caught doing anything wrong. Brad is the one in our house who has been known to drive "a wee bit fast". If I were a police officer with a quota to fill, I would just learn his schedule, or set a GPS tracking device on his car.

Comments (7)


Wow! That must be some kind of time record! Maybe you should apply to the Guiness Book of Records!


Wow, up here it can take hours just to renew your driver's licence or car registration. It's an nightmare.

Barb Cabot:

I'm glad it went to smoothly. My passport expired this year and I have been meaning to renew it. What the heck am I waiting for? Gotta get it done. Your post reminded me to attend to the important stuff.

Gerardina :

only one? i'm like Brad :/


In Jersey, I think you can go something like 5 years without a valid license b4 you have to take a test. I remember when we moved back here from MO, I had to take it again b/c we were gone for 5.5 years, and they said something like I had just missed the cutoff.

22 minutes! That is a record! It took me 65 minutes waiting in line to renew my license this summer just to get to the front of the line! I also thought I would have to take a test. Fortunately I checked out the renewal requirements online before stressing out having to read that book. I guess it wouldn't hurt though.

I did not know about needing to have your lights on if your windshield wipers are on. That is crazy! Why would that be? I wonder how many people actually do this and is this just a California law?


I guess I did miss this post!

I'm glad things went easy for you at DMV. Better to be too prepared than not prepared at all!

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