We both needed to get our driver’s licenses renewed, so we decided to go visit our local DMV this morning, mid-morning, rather than wait until this afternoon, or closer to the weekend. It turned out to be a good choice. It wasn’t that busy. There were only a handful of people ahead of us, despite the “social distancing,” a door guardian letting people in one or two at a time, etc. That was never the case in years past. It was always much more efficient in this state than previous ones in which we’ve lived, but this time we were in and out in half an hour, instead of two hours, let alone half a day.
The only hitch is that our renewal is temporary for 15 days until we get our “permanent” four year one from the state capital in the mail. Supposedly, the reason is so they can make sure our photo doesn’t match one on file under another name to avoid ID fraud. I had to make sure it had my current address, indicate my US citizenship, indicate that I was already registered to vote, and did not want to change my party affiliation. Other than that, it was a breeze.
The employees there were nice, instead of the rude jackasses I remember from elsewhere. “Thank you,” “You’re welcome,” and “Have a good day” were exchanged as polite pleasantries, rather than venom spewed through gritted teeth.
Nobody at this DMV location has ever been a jerk, but the lines and waits have been a lot longer than this in years past. What a pleasant surprise.