I survived the long lines at the DMV… twice.
I spent 4.5 hours Fri in huge lines only to make a regrettably poor choice once at the counter to not get the $50 permit which would allow me to drive my car for 60 days despite it having not passed smog.
I just couldn’t rectify paying a total of $175 to drive my own car that MIGHT be put to sleep! (registration plus permit) … until I learned that fixing the car is far more than it’s worth.
So today, I trudged back to the lovely, crowded Dept of Motor Vehicles and waited in line for an hour and a half to get a number then to wait another hour and 45 minutes to get the permit. And silly me forgot my book this time!!! And my phone battery was dying. Luckily, there were some nice people amid the huge line.
When I finally got called to the desk, she asked for my failed smog form which I somehow didn’t think to grab when I ran out of the house! Mamma Mia!!!
But, of all the employees serving the masses, my number was called by the exact same woman that kindly helped me on Fri. So after some deep consideration of what we were to do without the needed forms, she was able to find the old docs on her boss’s desk. Whew!
So I now have paid for permission to drive my car for the next 2 months as I sort out what my next means of transportation will be.