Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Me and the DMV

Oh my. Has it really been a week since I updated? How can that be? School is over, right? I should have loads of time. After all, there’s nothing to do except wake up, eat, and go to the pool.

(insert snicker)

Go ahead, laugh. I know you want to.

Feel better now?

It’s actually been really hectic. Take moving to a new classroom, toss in a few pool trips, college orientation, multiple trips to the grocery store, and daddy being gone all weekend, and perhaps you won’t be laughing at me anymore.

Thought so. (hee hee)

I craved excitement today so embarked on a journey to the DMV. Yes, on purpose. Alex turned 15 last week…..the magic age where in Georgia the teens may receive the treasured document….the learners permit.

Off we went armed with the necessary documents: birth certificate, social security number, my driver’s license, my debit card, and the certificate of attendance from the high school.

You see, there is a law in Georgia where you cannot be issued a permit or license if you are under 18 and not in school. Therefore, you have to have this document from the school proving you are enrolled. (remember this info….it will be important later)

We arrive, wait in line, wait in line, and wait some more. Yes, this is the DMV. Finally got our number and paperwork to complete. As I sat there filling stuff out, I questioned Alex again about being ready for the test.

I just got “The Look”. If you have a teen, you’ve seen it too.

Hey, just checking.

After a short wait (amazing!), we were called to the counter. The DMV lady reviews the paperwork ever so slowly. She documents everything. Whew. We’re clear.

And then she says, “I can let him test but not issue the permit if he passes.”

Say what? Why?

Here was the reason: on the certificate of attendance, the paper was signed one day by an administrator and notarized the next day by a clerk.

Yep, the dates weren’t the same. Therefore, according to the state of Georgia the stupid people at the DMV, his paper was not valid.

You’ve got to be kidding me.

Imagine Alex’s reaction when he passed his test but could not receive his permit. Yep, he was thrilled.

Off to the high school we went to correct the error. Left the paperwork there, Katie picked it up a few hours later, and we returned to the (enter your word of choice) DMV.

Fortunately everything went well the second time.

Well, maybe not fortunately. I now have to teach Alex to drive.


Pray for me…..


wingepr said...

Oh I feel your pain. My oldest was not a born driver!!!!!!

Hope you are enjoying your summer.

The Johnson 5 said...

thanks for the warning on Facebook :)
I'm so excited for him!!

Jill said...

I can only imagine the frustration, but thank you for the good laugh!
I remember learning to drive like it was yesterday....I thought my mom was going to kill me! LOL!
Have fun!
Hugs, Jill

Faith, Hope, and Love said...

UGH! I can only imagine the look you gave that DMV person! grrrrr
Oh the joy of learning to drive...or teaching to drive. Learning seems more joyous! But then you will have a gofer when you run out of milk...right?

Have a great week!

Tara said...

ok all that was noted since I will be doing the same in November. So now please update facebook when he will be driving so I stay clear for just a little while.... CONGRATS ALEX!!!

NeuroMama said...

I'm going to put Hubby in charge of the driving lessons. I'm too scared! Did the paperwork snafu give you flashbacks to your two international adoptions? We had those kinds of ridiculous "errors" all three times!

Jboo said...

You're a brave mom to teach your teen to drive! I wanted a brake installed on the passenger side! Have a fun summer! :)


Teresa =) said...

Oh, Kristin, do I feel your pain! Having just completed Meggie's 50 hours of in-car with a parent...and now having to pay a driver's ed school $400 to teach her what she already learned from me...I can't help think that the DMV and the driver's ed schools are some kind of evil plot to slowly but surely kill us parents! Ugghhhh...

You are on my prayer list...

Teresa =)

Carey-Life in the Carpool Lane said...

Oh my! I don't envy you...good luck!

I've got a fun tag over at my place if you are interested...