Drivers License, Part Two

Daily Prompt In Due Time What’s your next, most pressing deadline? Are you excited, stressed, or ambivalent about it? What’s the first thing you’d like to do once you’re done with it?

The drive to Alamosa was beautiful wintry and uneventful (yay). The DMV was ridiculously easy to find. The words DRIVERS LICENSE were written in bright blue letters on a yellow background on a sign facing the street. The rules of the game were clearly posted on the door. You must have proof of mailing address. You must have verification of identity. You must take a number. I entered and took my number; 94.

A man was at the counter updating his drivers license. Two little kids were waiting on two of the four hard plastic seats. The man behind the counter was patient and helpful. They finished and my number was called, somewhat absurd as I was the only person there until just that moment when a friendly young man came in and pulled number 95.

I had more documentation than I needed. It seems that people in the San Luis Valley forget things because he never asked for verification of car insurance (kind of important, right? I mean in California they ask that FIRST before you’re even allowed to sit on the hard plastic seats and stare at the blue screen!). “Did you ever have a Colorado drivers license?” he asked. I said I had and remembered how hard it was for me to give that up in my first trip to the DMV in San Diego, the one on Park Ave, not so bad back in 1984. “You might be in the system still.” I actually think I was, but he didn’t say.

So, after about 15 minutes I was out of there and back on the road, through the silvery December light of the San Luis Valley. That’s it. That’s the last thing I had to do, and now I am officially living here.

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13 thoughts on “Drivers License, Part Two

  1. Reblogged this on Colorado or Bust! and commented:

    Today I got my Colorado Drivers License! I was afraid it would be like going to the DMV in El Cajon, CA (if you’ve been there you know the hell of which I speak) but it was COMPLETELY different!

  2. Seems funny to me that you have to have a different driving licence in each State. We have 4 languages in Switzerland (and about 400 different dialects), but we only need one licence (printed in three languages).

    • I think it’s probably because of two there are a billion trillion gazillion of us vs about five of you AND our states have somewhat different driving laws. But I got it and I’m happy. I didn’t even have to take the test (I studied thought; I even paid for the long version of the practice test — better safe than sorry).

  3. When I got my driver’s license in Philadelphia, I had to show them my birth certificate and my marriage license (to prove the name change). Philly took a nice photo. In Virginia, they said, “No smiling.” My driver’s license photo looks like a mug shot 🙂

    • They told me to take off my glasses… I don’t get that, but I did as I was told and I DIDN’T smile. I tremble to think what that picture will look like…

  4. What a difference it makes to live in a low-density area! When I have to go to the big city nowadays, I find all the traffic, signage and concrete kind of unpleasant. Your area looks like it’s full of natural beauty!

  5. Like you, I retreated from the state of my work to the state I call home. From Maryland to Vermont, from megalopolis to verdant mountains. I went to get my Vermont license at the DMV, and it wasn’t there. The building that had been the DMV six years earlier was now wrapped up in tarps and building stuff. A few days later, I ran into a cop downtown, and he told me where DMV had moved. I went there, transferred my car registration, and got my license in half an hour. The room was crowded but there were 15 or more stations open, and the crowd turned over about every hour. They’ve just figured out how to do it.

  6. Excellent. Your system sounds similar to ours. Isn’t it wonderful you are a fully fledged member of the community now! Always a sigh of relief when such things are completed. 🙂

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