I learned today for the second time in less than a week why you hold the title of "Most Hated Government Agency." I appreciate the notice you sent me detailing the exceptional number of hoops one now has to jump through to renew a driver's license. I followed your instructions as per the letter I received in the mail. Upon my first trip to the DMV I was told my passport was not acceptable because it had expired. No where in the letter did it state that I had to have a current passport, only an official US government issued passport. For your information my expired passport is all I need to renew and get a new passport which gives me a lot more freedom than your stupid driver's license, however, that wasn't good enough for you. After lecturing me about the importance of reading a letter prior to showing up, you then threatened to keep my license when I asked you to show me where it said anything about the date of the passport. You informed me that you could invalidate my current license and issue a temporary while I requested records if I was sure I didn't have a copy at home. Annoyed and unsure, I left to search for my documentation at home.
I didn't find it, so I returned to the DMV office by my work only to be told the same story with additional misinformation. I was told this time that not only could I not use the passport (again, asked to be shown where it said that and again was ignored and treated like an idiot), but that I "couldn't" be issued a temporary license either because I needed the proof of identity to get my birth certificate. I asked what I was supposed to do since my license will expire in 2 days and was told, get a temporary license while you wait for your birth certificate. I said, fine, I'll do that now. She said, no I can't do that, you must order your documents first.
I went home and ordered it online and wait for it...... no license necessary. Now, thanks to repeated misinformation and general power tripping I have to return again tomorrow to pay $40 to get a temporary license until my birth certificate arrives next week sometime (which cost me $40), whereupon I can get my licence renewed for another $40. All so I can prove I'm an American citizen and thus fit to drive an automobile.
No matter that I have all sorts of documentation to that affect already. No matter that being an American citizen has nothing to do with driving a fucking car.
So fuck you DMV. You suck and I hate you. I hope you and your power tripping employees have an exceptionally crappy day.