Happy one! Hope you have a lot more.
Mine was the 12th (only 72 candles). I remembered today that my
driver's license expires on my birthday. More bad news--new law
requires birth certificate or current passport, proof of SS number,
two items of proof of current address. This is for new or renewal of
DL. The lines used to be long, now they are said to be unending.
Hell, if you don't need all that to vote ... providing you're
demographically suspected of being a Democrat, that is.
Mine expired next month, except I took advantage of the ability to renew
it early online about three months back ... and immediately got
questioned when I presented it because it expires in August 2018, three
months greater than the usual six year term.
I remember I needed something like those documents Ross mentioned to
renew my NJ driver's license a few years ago (because NJ intend(ed) to
have a NJ DL comply with standards for a national ID).
To vote, I walk or bicycle over and identify my listing in the book of
registered voters (no, that is my wife, and that is my daughter), then
sign 2 or 3 times. At least one of the people manning the polling place
usually recognizes me.
Note that now the US is the only country where you can walk on the street
and not have to be able to prove your identity to an agent of the
authorities, unless there is reasonable suspicion you have done something
unlawful. Until a few years ago that could be said of the Netherlands as
well, but they complied with EU regulations, and now you have to have
identity papers on you. Not sure what exactly is required over there as
Sorry, I have no idea. I left Holland in 1969. Visiting since then quite
often, but no need for new Dutch papers anymore. It doesn't answer your
question, but at 16 you'd need papers to ride a moped, and at 18 to drive a
car or motorcycle.
G. Ross wrote the following on 7/23/2012 8:42 PM (ET):
It would make more sense to require an EKG upon renewal.
NY just did away with the vision test upon renewal last year. Now we can
renew by mail or online every 6 years. The photo on the license is also
a joke. I haven't a new photo taken since 1998 when I was 60 YOA. I
don't even recognize myself in the photo. :-)
I believe that is something that that has to do with a national standard
for the issuing of drive license identification. I also think it has
something to do with the homeland security agency.
Indiana has the same thing that will be phased in on a rotating basis.
Georgia? I got a Georgia license a couple of months ago and had to go through
all that. They asked if I wanted a five-year or nine-year license. Figuring
that not going back to DDS was a good thing, I said nine-year. The problem is
that I'm over 59, so can only get a five year (eye tests required every five).
I have to change my address but I can't do it online because "I can't renew my
license for more than five years". Argh! All I'm doing is changing the
address. So, I gotta schlep down to DDS again (and it is a mess) and change
the address. They'll then tell me that I need a new license, charge me for
that, and then not refund the difference between the nine-year and five-year
license. I can't wait for Obamacare.
I was happy with NJ DMV (after the first time, which was pretty bad).
The DMV here has really improved tremendously in service. Their vehicle
safety checks may have suffered, but I'll have to rely on my intuition
and my mechanic for that ...
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