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Friday, February 26, 2010

Vegas...check! Money saved...Check! Valid Driver's License...uhh...ohh..

Yesterday I realized something.

As part of my *lately* daily routine, I stare off into space for a good 10 minutes picturing what I think Vegas is going to be like. (The last time I was there, I was about 7 so I hardly remember anything.) Following the daze is usually a series of me google-ing must see attractions in Vegas, or looking at palm trees and hyping myself up because in 6 days, we leave for this mini-vacation. So. Stoked.

Back to my realization.

Somewhere in yesterday's daze, I imagined winning a lot of money and having someone ask for my ID.

Then I remembered something...which very quickly led to other things.

1) Last Saturday my Driver's License came up missing.
2) Even if I had my Driver's License, it expires on my birthday...which is in 4 days.
3) Vegas will not have sympathy for my lack of *or* expired license.
4) I should have thought of these things a LOT sooner.
5) Last week when Auntie Tammy renewed her license, she said it was an absolute mess.

So, I call the driver's license place and ask lots of questions. Turns out the lady was extremely helpful, but out of all the answers she gave me, I was a fan of none of them. Here is some of the information she gave me:

1) Right now is the busiest time for the DMV.
2) There is no such thing as an "online appointment"
3) There is absolutely no way to get a plastic license by the time I leave for Vegas next week. (They give a paper-temporary license and then mail out the plastic one.)
4) The DMV is not open on Fridays or weekends and they close at 6.
5) The DMV doesn't care about people who work Monday through Friday 9-6.
6) Wait times would easily be 2 hours.
7) I would have to take a test to renew my license.
8) I needed to bring my life story to the DMV with me because of "new procedures"


Very long story short...I called a big hotel in Vegas and told them there was no way I'd be able to have a plastic ID when I'm down next week because I had to get it renewed and asked if they'd take a paper ID. The guy was very nice and explained to me that yes, they could accept the paper ID as long as I had the old plastic one to show that it was expired and that's why I had a new one.


At this point, I'm mainly scared to call the bestest and tell her that I'm not able to go to Vegas because I don't know where my Driver's License is. She's a pretty scary bestest.

But I made the call. I tried to beat around the bush and tell her that Vegas will not accept the paper ID at all. No exceptions. And it worked like a charm.

Until she called me back a few minutes later...

Mari: "Hey! Guess what?! So, I just got off the phone with the DMV here and they said they print out the plastic ID's the same day, so I'm thinking you can just come to Idaho, say you moved here...and get an ID, and we'll be set! All you need to bring is your Driver's License from Utah and wa-lah..."


That conversation ended after some yelling and promising to find my Driver's License.

I retraced steps, called everywhere and finally, the last place I called....had it!!

After work I went to the DMV and I was in and out in 30 minutes. It couldn't have gone any smoother, so I can't complain!


That test I was supposed to take?

Never had to take it!

So, now that that little dillema has been taken care of...I'm back to daydreaming...I cannot wait!!

1 comment:

Mike & Alysha Mathews said...

Love it! I'm glad you found it you are going to have so much fun in Vegas! It's amazing!! If you ever need an ID fast the DMV in provo is freeking amazing! It's in a building above a credit union and they are an express DMV. I've never had to wait more than five minutes no matter when or what time I have gone. I'm pretty sure I've gotten atleast 5 IDs there because I always lose them!! Anyways I'm glad you got it all taken care of! You are going to love the palm trees p.s. :)

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