An Open Letter To The California DMV
by Amy Lindorff
I’m pretty sure you lied to me.
Yesterday, I came in to change my Oregon license to a California one. Everything was actually going really well. I had made an appointment and you stuck to it. Once I got my number I waited a total of three seconds before it was called, had my picture taken and took the written test. I passed and was so happy. Then you said that you don’t accept provisional licenses which I apparently have because I was a minor when I got my Oregon license. I have 2 questions:
- Couldn’t the first (of three) ladies I talked to who looked at my license which has “PROVISIONAL” emblazoned across the top in blue and white have said something instead of passing me along?
- Isn’t pretty much everyone a minor when they get their first license?
I would have loved to have gotten a fancy new non-provisional license sometime in the past five years, but lucky for me, my current one doesn’t expire for another three years. I don’t mind having to call the Oregon DMV and have them fax a bunch of documents to you, but if I come in again for my appointment tomorrow and you tell me that I still can’t get a California license I will be very upset. You already have my $31 so just figure it out already.
Here’s where the lie comes in. My cousin, Dustin got his California license a few months ago. He is certain that he had the same sort of provisional license business going on since he was a minor when he got it in Oregon. He did not have to call the Oregon DMV or have any documents faxed.
If there is something I am missing here, do let me know.
P.S. “Sharrow” is the most ridiculous name for a pavement marking ever in the history of pavement markings. Please rename and update the driver’s manual accordingly.