Monday, July 6, 2009

Another Long Day...But I'm officially a Texan now!!!

I've got to give you a warning. If I ever stated how much I hated the DMV in California, I warn you. I've changed my mind. I truy and utterly detest the way Texas runs their system. One stop at a California DMV and you can register your car and pick up your new license. Here....oh no!!! First you must take your car in to get inspected. They purely make sure your car is working properly. They Do Not inspect the emissions at all, but they check your tires, wiper blades, headlights and yes...even your gas cap. Hu-WHAT!?!?! it was a strange custom that sends you off to the County Tax Assesor's office where you pay for your registration and pick up your new license plates. Are we finished?! Oh no! Not at all! Now you have to drive downtown because you know, a city like San Antonio with over 1.25 MILLION people living here has only 1 Motor Vehicle Department. Are you kidding me?! Nope! we had to stand in line just to get into the building. So, covered in sweat with red faces we finaly make it into the building where we must now stand in line for the information desk and then you get a number to stand in line one more time!!! Once we made it there we walked up to the counter where I presented not only my California driver's license, my social security card, my new registration, my California registration, my insurance and even my passport. Passports are big here. I assume due to the nature of the closeness of Mexico, but EVERYONE had one here. It was kind of neat. Some were from foreign coutnries living here for work. Poor hubby has to wait for his Driver's license as his social security card got lost in the move with Corinna's. Needless to say we are working at correcting this matter, but it will take some time. As soon as corinna's new birth certificate gets in we will head over to the social security office to request a new card for her and order a new one for hubby. The only other thing we were able to accomplish was to rent a garage for storage. The rest of the day was wasted away trying to make certain we have all of our documents. I'm not looking forward to this for next year!!!

4 comments:

Jan said...

That bites. They are the worst. Lines at those kinds of places and the waiting. Ugh. Sorry about that.

Jeanette said...

Welcome to Texas. Sorry about your troubles. From one Texas girl to another, a little advice...Next year you should get your registration in the mail. For and extra $1 you can do everything in the mail. Also, the SS office lets you do everything in the mail. Go online and google SS in TX and it will give you all the info you need. My son's SS card never was mailed to us, and I had to wait in line for 3 hours only to find out that my identification for him wasn't enough, and that I could have done it all in the mail. Good luck, and again, welcome to Texas!

Tammy said...

See everyone!!! This is the one reason I am so happy to be here!!! Jeanette!!! You are absolutely right! It is the people I've fallen in lvoe with in Texas!! Yes, it is all a pain, but then again...if anyone stood in lines at the DMV in California BEFORE they started taking a number then they would understand the phrase: "Mind Numbingly slow!!!"

Thanks again Jeanette for showing me that famous "Texas" hospitality!!!

Tammy said...

See everyone!!! This is the one reason I am so happy to be here!!! Jeanette!!! You are absolutely right! It is the people I've fallen in lvoe with in Texas!! Yes, it is all a pain, but then again...if anyone stood in lines at the DMV in California BEFORE they started taking a number then they would understand the phrase: "Mind Numbingly slow!!!"

Thanks again Jeanette for showing me that famous "Texas" hospitality!!!