Thursday, January 23, 2020

You Must Have the Patience of a Saint When You Come to the Motor Vehicle Bureau

I received a notice that my driver's license was up for renewal.  This, of course, necessitates a trip to the motor vehicle bureau. Fortunately, there is an office in College Point within walking distance of my home. Now there is an enhanced license (permit, or non-driver ID)  a New York State DMV issued document that you can use instead of a passport to return to the US by land or sea from Canada, Mexico and some countries in the Caribbean.  To get this enhanced license one must bring a birth certificate, social security card, and other proof of address.

I arrived at 1:00 PM and noticed a long line outside the building.  At 1:45 PM a got into the building and was directed to a line to have my photo taken.  I was given a number and told to wait.  I waited and waited until 4:45 when my number was called.  The clerk examined my documents and gave me a quick vision exam.  I was finally done at 5:00 PM.

At least I will not have to do this for another 8 years.  Keep in mind that if you have to go to the Motor Vehicle Office, you need the patience of a saint.

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