Taking My Driving Test… Again.

Do you know what I never thought I would need to do again? Take a driving test. I thought that taking a driving test was a one-time thing I would need to get through at the age of 16 and then I would never need to go through the whole (stressful) experience again.

I was wrong.

driving test

Last week I looked at my Illinois license and realized that it expired on my 30th birthday, which was two weeks ago. Well, I didn’t think this was any big deal because I assumed I would just go to the Washington DMV and they would say “oh, your license is barely expired so we’ll just give you a new one.”

This didn’t happen.

Instead, after hours of waiting at the DMV, I learned that an expired out-of-state license is basically worthless. And the DMV worker didn’t seem at all sympathetic when she told me I would need to take the knowledge and skills test all over again. SAY WHAT?!

I had two choices: attempt to get a license immediately (before Baby Beni arrives) or wait until Baby Beni is here and worry about it in a few months when I have more time. I decided to get it done ASAP so I have one less thing to worry about over the next few weeks. Plus, I became convinced I would somehow get arrested and end up delivering Baby Beni in jail – just like in OITNB. Not that I’m dramatic or anything.

And that’s how I found myself reading a 160 page brochure on the driving laws of Washington. And then taking the actual driving test. At almost 41 weeks pregnant.

I never had to parallel park to get my license the first time, but I sure as heck did this time (Thank goodness Tim taught me how last year!)

In the end I passed both tests easily (phew) and after spending another few hours at the DMV, I got my Washington license. But seriously, what an awful way to spend a few days!

From this experience I learned…

  • Not to let my license expire. EVER.
  • The driving test isn’t nearly as scary as it was 14 years ago.
  • It isn’t a good idea to wait 6 months after moving to get a new state license.
  • I’m not as organized as I thought I was.
  • Having a huge baby bump doesn’t get any favors/exceptions from DMV employees.

Overall, the procrastination in getting a new state license cost me hours and hours of my life and was generally stressful and also forced me to get an ID picture taken at 41 weeks pregnant, which is not when I look my best, let me tell you.

So learn from my mistake, check the expiration date on your license and make sure you stay a legal driver! (Or brush up on your parallel parking, just in case.)

This entry was posted in being an adult, imperfection and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

17 Responses to Taking My Driving Test… Again.

  1. I can sympathize with the ID picture. I had to change my address at the Indiana BMV last month so that I can vote in the correct primary election this May. I was informed that in order to get a new license with my correct address, I needed a new photo… at 7.5 months pregnant.

    My husband laughs every time he sees my ID.

    So glad you got all of that taken care of before Baby Beni, though! I can’t imagine!

    • Lisa says:

      Ughhhh it makes me feel better that I’m not the only one with a pregnant license pic! Is yours at least a decent pic of you!? I look a little nuts (well, I look like a 40 week pregnant mom of a toddler who doesn’t bother to do her hair and makeup). Oh, memories. 😉

  2. oh gosh girl that’s crazy!! i remember we had to go through a hurl of issues when we moved to GA from Illinois too but thankfully I didn’t have to retake the rest. I’ll be sure to do so if it happens! glad you passed it!

    • Lisa says:

      I really have no excuse for NOT getting a new license right when we moved, but it was one of those pesky errands I just kept putting off, not realizing the problem until it was too late! I had no idea IL licenses all expire on your 30th bday, even if you just got it renewed right before then. So frustrating!

  3. erinhzauner says:

    I just feel bad because of all the time you had to spend at the DMV. 41 weeks pregnant. holy crap.

    • Lisa says:

      RIGHT?! I can’t believe the DMV is so inefficient still. And I had to go do a driving school to take the knowledge and the skills portion, so that’s FOUR DAYS I spent at these various locations to get this all figured out. AND I CAN’T DRINK WINE!!!!!! Ok, rant over. It’s done 😉

  4. Cassie Lee says:

    HAHAHA NOOOOOOO. I’m with Erin down there!

  5. Macy Volpe says:

    Omg that is madness! I NEVER would have guessed that you ad to go through the entire process again. If you would have had an in-state license and it had expired, would you still have to take the tests again?

    • Lisa says:

      RIGHT?! Washington has a grace period of a few months (if not longer) and so does Illinois (so it would have been easy to renew if I had either one of those licenses and was still in the state), but transferring between states with an expired license is the tricky part. I just couldn’t believe the whole ordeal!

  6. Oh man! That’s not fun at all!!!! I’m glad you passed 🙂

  7. Jess says:

    Wow! I had to take my driving test 6 months pregnant (never bothered to get a license but realized I would need one with a baby) and they had no sympathy for me either – actually failed the first time

    • Lisa says:

      Oh gosh, I was so afraid of failing but thank goodness I passed! Did you fail the road portion or the knowledge portion? I would have felt so awful if I had failed since I’ve been driving for a good 14 years now!

      • Jess says:

        I failed the road portion – where I live it’s a graduated system. I Had already passed the knowledge portion which gave me an equivalent to a learner’s permit and I just procastinated on the next step. I passed the second time:)

  8. Cece says:

    Oh my gosh! I think I would probably fail! Congrats on being a legal driver again.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *