This comic only hints at what I had to go through to get both my driver’s license and my car registration renewed at the Missouri Department of Motor Vehicles this week.
To get my driver’s license renewed, I had to present a birth certificate to prove I’m a U.S. citizen, a utility bill (or in my case, a jury notice) to prove I really live where I say I do, and my Social Security card to prove I’m on the grid. (Since I still have the name I was born with, I didn’t have to present a marriage license. Gak.) And I had to wait in a long line. And I had to pay them money.
To get my tags renewed, I had to present property tax receipts for 2004 and 2005, proof that my car is insured, and proof that my car passed the state vehicle inspection. And I had to wait in a second long line. And I had to pay them money.
Ain’t freedom a beautiful thing? I’m so proud to have helped ensure the safety of my fellow Americans by proving I am one. At least they didn’t ask me to prove that I can drive the damn thing, eat a cheeseburger, talk on a cellphone, change the radio station, and flip off my fellow drivers at the same time without ending up in a ditch. Geez.
doubt72January 28, 2006 at 10:02am
Crikey, you don’t need nearly that much in Colorado.
In fact, when I first got here, I walked into a kiosk in a mall, gave them my Texas driver’s license, had my picture taken, and walked out with my new license in less than ten minutes. Also, there was no line.
mckitterickJanuary 28, 2006 at 6:18pm
Um… Missouri sucks?
ehs347January 30, 2006 at 9:42pm
Virginia sucks too
When I foolishly changed my name after getting married, it took me TWO trips to the DMV, punctuated by a trip to the Social Security office, to have them MAIL to me a new license with the new name. For “security reasons”, they couldn’t just hand it over. Pure ridiculousness. By comparison, Missouri sounds darned easy!