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A Real 13, Really.


1. I got to the DMV office around 8:10 this morning. I was number 005. Yippieee!

2. In 10 minutes or less, my number was called. I didn't hear it because I was talking with the woman next to me who was a friend of Mama's.

3. I could barely see the first line on the eye chart with my right eye covered. "I'm getting cataract surgery on this eye." Thankfully, the young lady gave me a pass on the vision test.

4. No written test. I skimmed the handbook and took all the online practice tests earlier this week, just in case. It's still a win for me because I now know some new rules.

5. Did you know that in California you can pass on the right if there are multiple lanes, such as on the freeway? Now the Husband can't growl at people who pass on the right. "In my day. . . ." I also learned that you won't be criminally charged if you refuse to undergo a DUI test. Not that I foresee myself ever being in such a situation.

6. I couldn't get my Real ID because my name is wrong on my birth certificate. In an earlier post I mentioned that my middle name is wrong and my surname is misspelled. Also my first name is given as Susie, not Susan. The young DMV lady said that she could give me a Real ID but it had to be according to my birth certificate.

7. No thank you.

8.  DMV did renew my driver's license for another four years.

9. Because I haven't gone by the name on my birth certificate all my life, have I committed fraud?

10. I wonder if there's a way to formally change the name on my birth certificate. Ha! As if I would go through all that cost and trouble at my age.

11. The Real ID Act was signed into law in 2005 by our good old friend G.W. Remember him? Did I hear someone mumble from "Dumb to Dumbest." Lucky him.

12. The deadline for having a Real ID is October 2020. If I don't have one will "they" (whoever they are) want to deport me? Where would "they" deport me? I was born in California. There was even a notice of my birth on the front page of the home newspaper. Bah, "they" wouldn't believe that was me.

13. I'll probably renew my passport, which expired 23 years ago. The young DMV lady thought I'd have no problem showing my marriage certificate to get a new passport in my current name. We shall see.

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  1. When my first son was born, the hospital sent a death certificate instead of a birth certificate. That was the worst! I cringe at the thought of a driver's test.

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  2. I think it's about the social security card... the whole thing is an exercise in we/they right now.... and it's ludicrous

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    1. If "they" must have a Real ID, simply put a photograph to our social security number.

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  3. The real ID thing has to do with flights and such. At least that's what I thought. If you have a vaild passport, that'll let you fly.

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    1. The ID is also for accessing federal courthouses, federal buildings, and military bases. Hopefully it doesn't mean national parks and post offices.

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  4. All we are to them is little ticks in boxes . . . and when they can't tick all the boxes in the correct order they tend to have a meltdown . . . thank goodness you got a real human being. :)

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  5. You can legally change your name in a court. All you have to do is file some paperwork and have a judge sign it. Then take that with you to the DMV. Not cheap or easy, but it can be done.

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    1. Thanks, Colleen. I checked it out. That'll be my last option. It'll cost me about $800 to make that change. Maybe I'll write a letter of complaint to my Congress Rep. and Senators.

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  6. Did I tell you my story before? I had to change my drivers license to match my birth certificate to get my first password. (To match the name I was given at birth, but never ever called. ... now, my license and checks and credit card have my “real” name and I feel like I’m using a fake ID. Anyway, I’m glad that all happened before things got so strict (before 9/11). It was easier Back then. .... You will need the new drivers license or a passport to fly after October and I would guess that next time you need to renew your drivers license , you may not have a choice. I’d get it taken care of if I were you! (Say “yes mom, sure” and then just ignore my advice . Everybody else does ;)).

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    1. To get a password, whoa! My parents used my baptismal record to show proof of my name way back when. The church is on my list of places to call. Hopefully, it still has records of the old days. :-)

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  7. Let me know how the passport goes, a DMV guy was blathering on about it and how you need something or other to fly now and of course I stopped listening after he said, "But you don't have to do it now."
    They might not charge you but they could take you in for something else like suspicion of an OWI, right?
    WTF is a Real ID, is that maybe the passport or boarding an airplane thing?
    I rarely use my real name because I hate it. I sign checks, open accounts, and what have you under "Jeanna." Real name is Jeanette. And that's what I got called by bratty boys and slap happy nuns or anyone who wants to annoy me and plenty of people seem to want that.

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    1. The Real ID is a sticker on your driver's license that shows you are legit enough to board domestic flights and enter military bases and various federal facilities, including airports and federal administrative buildings. Alternatively you can show a passport. This requirement goes into effect in October 2020.
      The Jeanette's I've known are pretty and tough.

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  8. Found a recipe and put up a post with pictures to show you and Molly.

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  9. Su-sieemac - oh, the joys of bureaucracy! A conventional Montana driver's license will soon not be acceptable for domestic travel, so it's a good things we have passports! They want to charge an arm and a leg for a driver's license that will serve both purposes!

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    1. So far, not even a full finger yet in California.

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