America the new South Africa

This morning I went to renew my CDL and motorcycle permit because of my birthday.

I moved up the street, but otherwise I’m in the same county of the same state, same voting district. Same everything.

They’ve already verified my birth certificate when issuing my licenses on previous years.

They’ve already verified my name change through marriage when issuing licenses originally.

They’ve already verified my CDL medical exam when I did it last summer.

Yet I needed all of those things along with 2 different pieces of mail to verify my address.

I only showed up with one form of address verification and the CDL medical exam the first try, making the assumption that because it was a renewal then they’ve already got everything else.

Now I sit waiting a second time to attempt to renew my licenses.

This is the stack of documentation I need to prove I am who I am, even though my picture is on the licenses I’m renewing.

Current license and motorcycle permit, birth certificate, marriage license, 2 forms of address verification, mortgage document, and CDL medical exam envelope.

Thanks Trump, did you really fix anything or just make people think you did because illogical additions make people jump through more hoops and make daily life inconvenient.

Apartheid ended when I was a kid, at least I thought. Reality is it just moved here.

Update: I renewed, but have to come back with different mail to get the Real ID. Even though I had the mortgage title document and the mortgage insurance envelope which both qualify for the Real ID, they were just over 30 days old. So another trip, another wait in line, another fee, another waste of government employee time, because my documents were 40 days old.

About Treasa Cailleach

I'm a massage therapist working with chiropractic and the elderly; musician, artist, pagan, mom, B of LGBTQ, & polyamorous professional.

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