I had the lovely opportunity to go spend well over an hour there this week *trying* to renew my license for the SECOND time. You see with all the new laws, they want you to bring your placenta and cord still attached to your mother who also needs to show proof of citizenship, to prove that you were born in the U.S. and you are not an illegal immigrant. (I know kinda gross visual).
I mean seriously. I have had my drivers license for 20 years, have renewed every 5 years and this last go round I have to bring everything under the sun to prove I am who I say I am and born and raised in the U.S. of A!
I had my birth certificate (which was a whole nother lengthy process to obtain since I was born in a different state), I had my marriage certificate since my last name is different than what I was born with, I had proof of residence to verify my current address but I did not have my.....
My Social Security Card.
Now wouldn't one think that a Certified Birth Certificate would be the end all be all of proof of being born in the US, therefore being a US Citizen. Yeah, that is what I thought...but they didn't see it that way.
Well here is the kicker. I had my purse stolen awhile back and my SS card was in there. I hadn't got around to going to get a new one BEFORE my license expired, didn't even think it about it, but I can't get my SS card reissued WITHOUT my current *valid* drivers license. Nice, huh?
They make this so easy. I get why they have all these hoops these days, but c'mon.
So to make a really long story short, I attempted to go to the SS office TOO this week but they close at 330pm so another waste of time. I was hoping I could talk someone into getting my SS card with all the documents I have but who knows if I would have been successful. I might still try it (before 330pm of course).
The only other option I have been told is to bring my last years W2s which have my SSN on it. I think this might end up being the easiest option, but I still have to dig through my files to pull it. Arghhh...
Trips to the D.M.V fun times.
Did I mention how entertaining it was to people watch during my hour long visit? That made the time pass pretty quick.
I am going to go get a bumper sticker that says:
Or maybe I will wear it on my chest *proudly* on my next visit.