Yesterday, Mr.C & I trekked over to the DMV in Chaska to take the knowledge exam so we could get our new MN driver’s licenses. After briefly studying over the weekend, we both passed with flying colors only missing a few answers each. I had a good laugh when we compared tests because we both had mini-heart attacks at the sample/practice question they gave us first: “What is the capital of Minnesota?” Ha! You’d think living here for a year that would roll off the tongue (for the record, I did know it was St.Paul.) But poor Mr.C said he was suddenly filled with dread that the test would include other Minnesota-specific questions. Thankfully it did not! And as an added bonus, since we still had valid licenses from another state we did not have to do a driving/behind the wheel test!
We were in and out of the DMV in an hour armed with our clipped IL licenses + yellow MN permit papers. We have to wait 4-6 weeks for the new licenses to be mailed to us – so cross your fingers that our photos will turn out well since we didn’t get to preview them (in Illinois they print your license right out while you wait).
Overall, the DMV was a pleasant experience – when we arrived there was a group of people sitting in lawn chairs waiting for it to open, some of them young, new drivers feverishly studying. Once inside, the line went quickly, the test was computerized, and they were even kind enough to let us pay the fee with the same check! The only downside was the one old crotchety DMV lady who was taking the pictures and basically said I had droopy right eye. Thanks a lot lady! I’ll be wearing an eye patch from now on!
Anyway, apart from that it was a breeze, now if only I could say the same for getting MN plates& registration but that’s a whole other mess we’re still working on (grumblegrumble, title transfers, grubby money hungry Illinois and their 6 week waiting period, grumblegrumble). Ha! Oh, the joys of being an adult!
Stay tuned next week for another episode of: Mr.C & Me Fail At Life: Attempting to Understand Health Insurance Part 1. …kidding, kidding! But seriously, insurance is a cruel mistress. Thankfully after many re-reads of the benefits+policy and lots of asking around, I think we finally have it figured out. (Winning!)
Happy Wednesday kiddies!