Well, I guess it's time to get a California driver's license (again) since we have been back from Portland for almost two years now. I had just gotten an Oregon license (which expires in 2013) when we decided to move back down I-5 so I haven't been in any hurry to brave the California DMV. What? I have a perfectly good license that doesn't expire until Bunny is 12. It's just that it happens to be for another state. Whatever.
Getting the Oregon license took all of 45 minutes: a computerized test, a photo, some friendly banter with the guy who makes sure the license is printed properly, and that's it. And there was barely anyone in the Portland DMV out on 82nd when I went on a Monday afternoon.
Going to a California DMV is a whole 'nother story. Even with an appointment you brave lines and forms and unhelpful employees and "the humanity" as J. likes to say. The humanity is, in general, very pissy and extremely confused. Without an appointment? Forgetaboutit. Seriously, you will never get those 8 hours of your life back, so please. Do yourself a favor. Make an appointment.
I thought I'd be able to sneak by with the Or-ee-gone license until it expires, but no. In order to drive the field trips at my kid's school, I need a valid California license. (Dang, yo!) So tomorrow I'm off bright an early to the DMV to (hopefully) get my driver's license. I still remember the questions I got wrong when I took the test on my sixteenth birthday (and barely got my license).
I just hope I make it out of there by nightfall. If I don't, I promise to stay put so the search party can find me.
Update!: The appointment thing kicks ass. Twenty minutes start to finish and I had my (temporary) license. Hooray! Why they can't just get a card printer and do it there is beyond me. Even our Park and Rec does that with photo and everything. Best part is they treated me like a renewal and gave me a shorter written test AND my old driver's license number back! Which is the only one I remember anyway. So, almost 22 years to the day that I received my first California driver's license, I am licensed to drive in this state again.