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I'm a flunkee

August 26th, 2007 at 03:58 pm

Well, on Friday I decided to take care of the last step in getting Carolina-ized. I went to get my driver's license and license plates.

It turns out that, unlike Indiana, you have to go to two separate locations -- and, in fact, a private subcontractor actually supplies the plates! I went there first, and paid $223, most of which were one-time fees. I had to pay $5 of it in cash for the notary, which caught me off-guard. I did have $5 in cash, just barely, but had to pay most of it in change! Glad I had a lot of it!

With plate in hand, I then set out to find the driver's license bureau. Luckily, I made a stop at Mickey D's first ($4.85) because I sat at the bureau for two and a half hours! I actually had to put my name on a list to wait to GET A NUMBER! It was so overcrowded and over-regimented that I couldn't even ask anyone what I needed to do. Turns out I had to take a "written" test (on computer), which I FLUNKED because I didn't have the book to study! I know very well how to drive, but I don't know the little ins and outs of NC laws, so I missed 6 questions. Had I missed only 5 I would have passed. So I get to go back and take the test again on Monday. I will be there at 8 a.m. this time, and I hope they let me go straight to the test-taking!

This is so annoying! I kept telling everyone I was really good at Jeopardy, but no one seemed amused.

9 Responses to “I'm a flunkee”

  1. Amber Says:

    Here in FL we have to locations as well for tags and DL (what a pain). Oh my you had to out your name on a list in order to get a number

    maybe you should make an appointment, we can here. It might be a little faster...good luck

  2. Ima saver Says:

    I have been driving for a long time, but I would probably flunk too. Just study the book and you will be fine.

  3. Nic Says:

    In Utah, our DMV and DL are also housed in two separate buildings...MILES apart. They also give you the booklet and it's an open book test. No wonder we have such lousey drivers.

  4. contrary1 Says:

    Reading your entry made me grateful my recent moves have been in nothing but a change of address required for the license. I did find out I did not have to change the license, but could just register the new address & tape the new one to the back of the existing license. No expense this way.
    If I'm ever stopped, when the licence info was pulled up, the new address would be recorded.

  5. scfr Says:

    Good luck with the re-test! I'm sure you'll pass.

  6. paulettegoddard Says:

    I actually had to put my name on a list to wait to GET A NUMBER! It was so overcrowded and over-regimented that I couldn't even ask anyone what I needed to do.
    Whoever is claiming government is getting too large hasn't waited inside a Department of Licensing office recently.

    Wishing you success the second time around.

  7. baselle Says:

    Good luck with the test. North Carolina was the one place where I had a car. I had issues too - but mostly with the emissions test. I spent a lot of driving time hitting the back roads because my sticker was usually very out of date.

  8. fern Says:

    Wow, a written test. That's different. When i came to CT from NY, i nearly flunked the vision exam, the depth perception test but the friendly examiner sort of coached me thru it. I was very scared of flunking and not being able to drive (!) but looking thru this microscope thing one traffic sign did not seem any more close than the other.

    In NY state, if you prefer, you can take your driver's license vision test via your own optometrist, then bring the results to DMV. CT doesn't allow that.

  9. JanH Says:

    I had to retake the written and driving test years ago when I moved and my driver's license didn't follow me and expired without me knowing it. I had to take home the little booklet and study it! Good luck! I'm sure you'll do great.

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