Noises of Utter Frustration
The saga to score an Ohio driver’s license will never end, apparently.
I am so frustrated! I am a reasonably intelligent person, but this is way too hard.
Somewhere in the midst of moving 3x in three years my social security card disappeared. To get a new one I needed to go to the SS office with all the kids in tow because Kentucky does not participate in the online ordering program for some unknown reason.
Instead of going to the office and waiting, I thought I would use the Ohio BMV’s list of alternate documents. Easy enough, right?
Well, I went to the BMV twice with a huge stack of documents–everything I could find off of the list they gave me. The first time they told me I needed something different. Went home, found that, and came back with it another day. It was no longer what they needed according to the next person I talked to. They don’t accept that any longer as a form of ID.
I came back a third time and the medical records with my social security number on them that they told me I could use weren’t in the doctor’s original letterhead, it was a copy. Not good enough, apparently it cannot be a copy.
The BMV is half an hour from my house and involves waiting in line for 1-2 hours.
I was getting ready to drag the kids to the social security office on my next free afternoon. That place is only open from 9-4, closed for lunch hour, and there isn’t one near my house, of course.
Then my dad told me he found a copy of my SS card in his fireproof safe. He mailed it to me. It was one with my maiden name on it, but since I have a marriage certificate and license then the BMV website said it wouldn’t matter.
I went to the BMV today…again. Apparently during this whole couple months of me gathering documents and trying to get stuff in order my license has expired. It expired on July 15th, just a few days ago.
Today I walked into the BMV with an original page of medical records containing my social security number and the doctor’s letterhead, my original embossed marriage certificate, my original marriage license, an original birth certificate, the original deed to my house with my name on it, my social security card, and my (just expired) license.
SURELY THIS SHOULD BE ENOUGH TO GET AN OHIO DRIVER’S LICENSE.
(Here’s the PDF with what you need… http://publicsafety.ohio.gov/links/bmv3741.pdf )
I waited and waited and waited in line while the kids acted like impatient turds. (Just Ada and Henry, Rosie was fine.)
Finally when it was my turn the lady told me that she couldn’t give me a license because…prepare yourselves…
I now need a five year driving record from the state of Kentucky showing that I have a current, valid license.
I asked her how I would have a current valid license if this one expired a week ago.
She just repeated herself. I asked to speak to the supervisor.
He just kept repeating what she said. So I asked him how to get one of those records. He said he didn’t know and walked away. Gee, thanks.
I asked the lady at the desk if I could just retake the driving test and start fresh. She said no, she had to have a driving record showing that I am a valid driver.
Why does it have to be so hard?
When we first moved to Ohio Tyler walked into the Newark BMV with a license that was expired by more than six months. They told him it was no big deal, he just had to re-do the written and practical driving test that afternoon, and it was all good and fine. They said nothing about a driving record. He got his license with no problem.
I’m not sure what to do now. Go back to Kentucky and renew my license pretending that my old address is correct? I don’t have time for this at all. I’m 99.9% sure in Kentucky you have to go to the DMV in your county, so I would need to go all the way back to Scott County where we last lived and lie about my address. The Scott County DMV has weird hours too. Not happening.
I’m going to go to a BMV in another town, the one that Tyler went to, and see if they ask me for a valid driving record. Maybe I’ll just go and pretend like I’ve never had a license before and retake the test.
This is ridiculous. I’ve wasted so many afternoons at the BMV. I have to get it updated for our homestudy, so I can’t just ignore the problem forever.
And you know what? Right before the BMV failure this afternoon I had planned to meet a friend at the fingerprinting office to get my background check and fingerprints done because I’m going to be babysitting her kids, some of which are foster children, so I need to hurry up and get the fingerprints over to her agency. I need them to go to our agency for our homestudy anyway.
We drove half an hour to the fingerprinting office only to find it was mysteriously closed today. It said they were open on the website, but today no one was there. Lights were off, door was locked.
My head hurts now.