Driving without a license

DOL letterI wasn’t expecting to receive a letter a few days before Thanksgiving that began like this: “A recent review of our records shows that as of November 10, 2014, your driver license/ID card is expired.”

My birthday is in August, which means it didn’t just expire, it expired three months before.

The good news is not that the Department of Licensing (DOL) waived late fees because their computer failed to send me a reminder.  The good news is that I wasn’t stopped by police while driving license-free, nor was I involved in a traffic accident.  A friend told me that in case of an accident, while the DOL would forgive me, the police would not.  And I don’t imagine my insurance company would be merciful either.

The really good news is that my weight is fifteen pounds less than what was recorded on the old license and this year’s picture turned out much better. (The previous one, which was taken after I raced to the DOL from the bank, when the teller said, “Happy birthday. Your license expires today,” is the one featured in the photo above. And in case anyone thinks they can see a pattern here, I have been renewing on-line and on-time my whole life.)

My only worry is, who’s going to remind me six years from now when I have to renew it again? My memory may not be trustworthy by then.





About stillalife

I retired June 30, 2010 after working for 40 years in the field of education and most recently doing school public relations/community outreach in a mid-size urban school district. I wrote for superintendents and school board members. Now I'm writing for me and I hope for you. In this blog, I offer my own views coupled with the latest research on how to preserve our physical and mental health as we age, delve into issues most of us over 50 can relate to like noticing wrinkles and forgetting where we left our keys, discuss the pros and cons of different ways to engage our minds and bodies after we leave the workplace, and throw in an occasional book review, all peppered with a touch of humor, irony, and just plain silliness. Also, I'm on the third draft of my second novel since retirement.
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2 Responses to Driving without a license

  1. Ariane says:

    Google Calendar reminder for the win!

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