Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Two trips to the DMV and still no license

I have had a very frustrating morning.

I didn't have school yesterday or today because of parent/teacher conferences (late afternoon and evening), so we decided to take this rare opportunity to finally go get our drivers licenses today. We'd hoped to do it here in Woodbury a couple of weeks ago, but research online informed us that we would have to go all the way to Saint Paul since we're from out of state and therefore have to take a test. This morning before we left I got online again to make sure we'd have all of the proper documentation to get our licenses and register our cars. We were ready to roll. So we get in the car and drive the 1/2 hour treck to the DMV, walk through the front door and read a sign informing us that this office is ONLY for drivers licenses and NOT for vehicle registration or plates. Well, shoot; we were hoping to be able to take care of it all at once, but we knew that the other part could be completed in Woodbury, so we got over it. We waited in line for a while and it's finally our turn. We get up to the counter and tell them that we've just moved from Michigan. She says, "Great, I need passports, birth certificates, and a marriage license." That's funny, the web sight spoke nothing of those items and therefore we did not have them. We were out of luck without them, but we could still take the test while we were there. Very disappointed with our wasted trip, we agreed to at least taking the test, which we both ended up passing by the skin of our teeth. So we drove home and decided though we didn't really have the time, we would just get the needed items and go back to the DMV and get it done. After all, my opportunities to conduct business on a school day are few and far between unless I want to use personal time and get a sub. We get back to the DMV and hand in our stack of documents and discover that we do not hold in our posession a "Marriage License." What we have is an "Application of a Marriage License." which is notarized and all, but it doesn't count. I explain to them that's all we got; we were never given an actual certificate. Tough luck. No marriage certificate, no driver's license for Melissa. AAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHH! I've just wasted an entire morning and two trips to Saint Paul and I still have no drivers license. She gave me a web site where I can request a copy of my marriage license. Great, so I'll probably have to wait 6-8 weeks for that to come in the mail and then when in the world am I supposed to get back to Saint Paul during a week day between 8 and 4?

As you can see, I have had a very frustrating morning.

7 comments:

Dan said...

Sorry Melissa! Very funny ... I don't remember Angie having to have our marriage certificate when we got our licenses. I wonder if it's a new rule. :-(

Thanks again for a fun Sunday!!

Robin said...

Wow! What a pain! I'm with you on the "hard to take time off" thing!

Holly said...

I HATE the DMV!!!!! (Sec. of State here in good ol' MI). They're the perfect day spoilers. I think it's a requirement for anyone who works there to be crabby!!!

Kim and Joel said...

Sorry to hear you had such a frustrating DAY OFF!

Anonymous said...

Oh...that DOES stink. I agree with HollY!!!! I HATE them too, one time they SUSPENDED my license and didn't even tell me that they were going to. I drove for like 8 months not knowing...well after 8 months, it was a process all too long to get it back. Lawyers were called, people were fired...well, in my HEAD people were fired...

Anyway, I understand the frustration completely!

Anonymous said...

I should probably say that I was never arrested or got a DUI or anything...that may have not sounded quite like I had planned....

Keetha said...

Once after we moved, I couldn't get mine either because I didn't have any identification with my name AND this ADDRESS on it - - - - It was a pain.

TWO other times, they got all the way to my "number" and then told me their computers were "down" and I'd have to come back another day. GRRRRRRRRRR