On Monday, July 24 I went to get my driving license renewed. This was late, as any notice of need to renew would have arrived in April and if it did, I managed to misplace and forget it. Until I looked at the license I was carrying and went “Oh crap.” Fortunately for me Minnesota has a generous grace period about this sort of thing and there was no added fee, test requirement, nor even a lecture about it.
One of the advantages of a small semi-rural town is that there is not the (stereo)typical press of the Big City. Thus when I went to the License Bureau there was no line. I explained what I came for and that I knew I was late, and was handed a form to fill out. When I’d finished filling it out, there was a bit of a line, but that dissipated quickly, and after dealing with payment things proceeded. Eye test. Photograph. The longest time was either filling out the form or waiting for change. After all that, I was handed the old license (with VOID punched out of the side) and a receipt. “You’ll get the new licence in the mail in a week or two.” Naturally, I planned on two.
The new license arrived in the mail on the 31st: Only one week from the start of things. There were notices (and a newspaper article) about computer system upgrades going on so some things simply could not be done just then. Perhaps the simple license renewal was faster as there was much less “in the way” from that. Whatever the reason, not arguing. Though I do get a bit concerned when government does things efficiently. At least I’m done for another few years.