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  •  That sucks Puddytat (11+ / 0-)

    I renewed mine this summer so I escaped this, at least for another ten years.

    Instead of going to the closest office in the City of Milwaukee (5 miles away and about a 1 to 2 hour wait to be served), I drove 20 miles to the DMV office in Ozaukee County. That's where the suburban white Republicans can waltz in and can expect a 5 minute wait. I was in and out of there like it was a McDonald's drive through. It was a pleasant drive but not everyone has the option or time to drive to the next county for fast service.

    Now why do you think the Milwaukee office would be understaffed? Could it be because about half of the citizens who live around that office are working classs whites or people of color? Wait FOREVER until your name is called, now show your birth certificate to drive or get an ID to vote. Isn't life hard enough without Republican assholes making it harder?

    •  Don't be too happy you renewed last year (3+ / 0-)
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      The information I got in the mail suggested I get the real ID with this renewal otherwise I'd have to come back in a couple of years to get it even before my DL expired again.  So I envision you needing to repeat this process in the not too distant future.

      Yes, just like polling places where you stand in line for hours in a "democratic area" and waltz in a vote in 5 minutes in suburban paradises, it's interesting to know that the DMVs there are also more efficient.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 01:47:50 PM PST

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      •  locally, there are DMVs which take 3 hrs (3+ / 0-)
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        and others where the traffic is so light that you are in and out in 10 minutes.  Ask a CDL holder for recommendations as they have even more hoops to jump through

        •  In CA DMVs (1+ / 0-)
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          they have a scrolling board that tells the waiting time (appointments and non-appointments) for other nearby DMVs (in Concord, they list Vallejo-$4 across the bridge-, Walnut Creek, and Pittsburg).

          I reject your reality and substitute my own - Adam Savage

          by woolibaar on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 04:47:39 PM PST

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      •  Just checked, it expires in 2020 (1+ / 0-)
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        It used to be 10 years...not sure why it is a shorter period of time than before. Maybe because I'm getting old and they need to check my eyes more often.

        Getting my Birth Certificate is doable, but it means a trip to the Waukesha County Courthouse...I would not be lovin' that trip back to Wingnutville.

        •  I don't mind driving around Waukesha (4+ / 0-)

          with my Recall Walker window cling on the rear window of my hatchback along with the Wisconsin Blue Fist protest one.  It's like a permanent middle finger to the RWNJs.

          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

          by Puddytat on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 02:03:34 PM PST

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        •  In Colorado it used to be ten years. Now it's 5. (1+ / 0-)
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          I think they explained that it was for everyone and for health reasons (eyesight, infirmity, being white, etc).

        •  In NY, I just got mine renewed. (1+ / 0-)
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          If I'm good and avoid the cops, I'm set for another 8 years.

          Didn't have to go through the garbage that puddytat describes.  

          Like MA person above, just had to bring old license, get pix taken, pass an eye test (or bring a form from eye dr), write down SS #, and swear I was telling the truth with a signature.  

          If my address had changed, then they wanted new utility bill, or something with current address, like a bank statement.  Just in case, I had the color copy of my passport page with me.  

          New license just arrived yesterday.  Pix is much better than the old one, thank goodness!  Which, BTW at the county license bureau, they told me I didn't have to get a new pix taken, which I was surprised about.  

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