I took that video yesterday.
This morning, I went BACK to the DMV, only to discover that the system is STILL down.
"Try again tomorrow," I was told.
My license is EXPIRED as of tomorrow.
The man at the counter (who has a sense of humor) left me there for about ten minutes while he tried to find out what to do about that.
As it turns out: Nothing. The DMV doesn't have any contingency plans for a situation like this. They are unable to issue temporary licenses, extensions, or any other official document that would keep me in compliance with the law.
"Try not to get pulled over," he said.
So there you have it. I get to go back to the DMV tomorrow, too. I don't think I've considered that a great place to spend my birthday since I turned 16.
Kind of makes me feel young again...
In the meantime -- I think this is just another indication of the problems California is having with its humongous budget deficit. How can it be that the same state that includes Silicon Valley can't keep its DMV computer system in tiptop shape?
Believe me when I say I hate paying taxes as much as the "fiscal conservatives" do -- but I want my basic services, and I want them to work. I want a DMV that runs efficiently. I want good public schools. I want a strong police force and fire department. And we have to pay for those things somehow.
I am on my way to vote in California's special election now, and I will be voting to approve the measures proposed to raise more revenue for the state, even though it will mean less money in my own pocket. With a little economic luck, I won't have to visit the DMV THREE times in one week the next time I have to get my license renewed.