In Florida, a driver may renew their license online a certain number of times, but ever so often, they must come in person to renew. I've enjoyed the ease of renewing online. However, I was recently notified by letter that it was time to renew my driver's license in person. The letter informed me that in addition to having my eyesight and hearing tested, I might be tested by a written test on road rules. I was not afraid.
I made an appointment for 10:00. The place was packed. It seems that they give everyone a 10:00 appointment. I was told to sign in and wait. I wanted to take some pictures, but they would not allow me. However, I got this picture online; it's a Florida DMV license renewal office.
After 30 minutes, they called my name and looked at my birth certificate (to verify that I'm a naturalized citizen), took my current driver's license, and checked my voter's registration card (to verify residence). I was asked to look into a machine and read a line of letters. Then, I was told to wait some more. No road rules test. Just sit and wait.
Then the camera takes the picture that will haunt me for years to come. At least they let me smile. Johnny thinks the picture turned out good. I think it looks like an old lady. It looks a little like this:
It says, "Driving Test? I don't need no stinking driving test!"
The outside of the building could use some work. Notice the lack of grass. I think it looks rather yucky inside and out.
And this is this is the exit door. It was the front door the last time I went there. I don't know if anyone turns around after leaving to read the information.
My license is good until 2017. That's the best part; it'll be a long time before I need to repeat this experience. Meanwhile, watch for me if you tend to talk on your cell phone while driving.
When does your license expire?