Part of moving to a new state is getting new everything.
Food market membership thingies that go on your keychain
Go-to take away places
(For those times you don’t want to cook)
None of that is really a big deal.
Until you go to the NC DMV website.
And find out that all new residents of NC have to take the NC written drivers test.
That test I took at 16 to get my permit in NJ had to be taken at 28 to get my license in NC.
I wasn’t going to study because, I mean, I’ve been driving for 12 years.
Longer if you want to count the times I drove illegally between 12 and 16 years old.
But then I decided to study for it. I didn’t want to fail it.
And, my gosh, the test is ridiculous.
Some examples of wrong answers:
1) When passing farm equipment, you must “honk the entire time you are passing them.”
Evidently, in NC, you are supposed to “be patient and wait for the farm equipment to pull over.”
Yeah, what? I’m from Jersey.
We wait for no tractor.
2) During the traffic signs identification portion of the test, the following are not legitimate answers:
a) “Yellow kind of house-shaped thing”
b) “Yellow triangle pointing right”
They did, however, accept, “Yellow circle…err…uh railroad?”
Anyways, I passed the vision portion of the test (which includes the traffic sign stuff).
Once I figured out how to make the picture show up in the viewfinder thing.
And I passed the written test.
With 2 wrong answers to spare.
Then I got my picture taken.
He made me smile.
Which is annoying.
I don’t like smiley driver’s license photos.
He didn’t let me see the picture, but I’m pretty sure I’m snarling.
In most states, you get your license immediately.
NC is a little behind the times though so I have to wait about 2 weeks before my license comes in the mail.
So, I won’t know just how awful/hilarious my picture is for a couple weeks.