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My Morning at the DMV

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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)

Kendall:

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

sandrac:

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 :/

Kim:

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?

nancyhol:

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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