Getting established in a new location is a process. Getting established when you’re living in an RV makes it even more interesting.
Yesterday, the girls and I headed out to build our establishment here in Texas and 3 hours later I had my vehicle registered and step one of my Texas driver’s license completed. Unlike Illinois where I can go in to the local DMV to get my vehicle registered and walk out with a new driver’s license, I needed to make two stops. Texas also mails you a driver’s license instead of issuing them on the stop. Seems like a waste of time, energy and money to give me a print-out of a temporary license and then mail me my permanent license, but it’s how the system is set up here.
Of course there always seems to be a little drama in the process.
The girls and I had waited about 1 1/2 hours for our number to be called for my driver’s license. I was absolutely sure I had everything I needed – my IL driver’s license, my passport, a piece of mail from our mortgage company with our new address listed, my social security card and my new vehicle registration with our new address. Then the snafu!!!! The mail from the mortgage company was not acceptable because it had our Illinois residence address on it as well. We bank on-line, so I don’t get bank statements. Most of our bills are paid on-line so I don’t get anything official with my name and address on it. Fortunately, I had the nice guy at the counter helping me and he allowed me to log in to my bank account to print a copy of my latest bank statement with my new address on it. Yet I still had to chuckle at the irony of it all. I’m walking in with mail that has been sent to me at my new address. The office that gave me my vehicle registration accepted all documents to register my vehicle at our new address. I had everything else and yet they needed to see a document from an on-line bank statement that listed my new address. It’s on-line folk!!!! I was able to go out and change the address myself. I didn’t have to prove anything to the bank at all. LOL!!!!! In the end though, I walked out with a print-out of my temporary license and the top it off, I’m going to receive a voter’s registration card in the mail as well so I can vote in the primaries. Woo Hoo!!!!
Because we’re in to giving Texas our money these days, I also ordered our toll tags. This is the first time we’ve lived this close to toll roads and hubby takes them daily back and forth to work. Okay, maybe he’ll be finding an alternate route now that he has to pay to go back and forth to work, but we have our toll tag account established now as well.
In 30 years of marriage, we have moved no less than 8 times.
We have another move coming up next week when we move everything from Georgette to the Oakmont (who still doesn’t have a name) and eventually we will buy a house and move again. It’s been a very different move physically and emotionally this time around, in both good and bad ways. Mostly good though and I look forward to seeing what the future has in store in the World of Weeks.