It takes less than 4 minutes and it’s fun!
- Take your own photo
- Pay by credit card
- You are Done!
Who knew the DMV could be “fun”? The one in Massachusetts now has fast-track kiosks for reproducing lost drivers licenses. Mine disappeared somewhere between Miami and Manhattan.
I ordered a replacement license on line, among other reasons because I need it to apply for a New York license (long story). But even if I’d been willing to drive to Massachusetts for some DMV fun, the website warned me to keep away from the kiosks.
The kiosk cannot be used if:
- You need an eye test
- Are 75 years or older
- Are getting your first license
- You have outstanding financial obligations
I’ve been driving for decades and I’m not in debt. So those last two kiosk-unworthy categories don’t apply. I DO need an eye-test, a public humiliation I’ve dreaded since first grade when I had to line up with my classmates to read the Snellen chart and from a distance of twenty feet, could barely see the big E.
To be sure, I still dread the humiliation of being eye-tested in public. But the bullet point that hit me between the eyes (so to speak) was that troubling second …cannot be used if:
- You are 75 years or older
I don’t like driving. I prefer to be driven, especially at night. I always tell my adult children I won’t be one of those old people who refuses to give up the keys. But I assumed not driving would be my choice. I thought I’d know what “old” was when I got there.
Apparently not. A few years ago, my car was rear-ended in Florida, land of the old. It was broad daylight — and it wasn’t my fault. But the handsome young cop who arrived on the scene took one look at my date of birth and immediately started treating me like a grandmother. I didn’t like what I imagined he saw: another old lady who shouldn’t be driving
I’m not “75 or older” yet, but I am a grandmother, and I’m close enough to becoming a kiosk-untouchable to understand that what I feel inside is not what others necessarily see. And thanks to the DMV website, I won’t take my next license for granted. As my favorite Buddhist saying goes, “Don’t argue with reality.”