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God Bless The Great Commonwealth of Massachusetts - The Cover Story
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Mon, Jun. 6th, 2005 04:24 pm
God Bless The Great Commonwealth of Massachusetts

So today I got to TF Green airport, and discovered that my Driver's License, the key to all my operations on this Earth, was MIA. That is a Bad Thing (capital B, capital T). I was able to get through security by submitting to a Special Screening Process (they blasted me with air and then rummaged through my bags), but I still couldn't rent a car when I reach Chicago. I caught a taxi to Grainger (driven by a Cuban who didn't speak a word of English, but was willing to be patient with my nonexistent Spanish). I immediatedly abused the Internet there to log into the Registry of Motor Vehicles in Massachusetts to find out when the RMV in Worcester opened on Friday so I could get in as early as possible and still make contact with elusiveat that afternoon. The website informed me that if I wanted to pay by credit card, I could request a duplicate online.

Whoa.

So I fill out enough information to rather throughly steal my identity, and submit the request, along with $20 to the Registry of Motor Vehicles. They tell me to sit tight and wait for an email. Just a few minutes ago, I got said email. It said my transaction was successfully processed, new license is in the mail, yada yada yada. Then came the kicker:

You cannot legally operate a vehicle until you receive your duplicate license, unless you print and carry this e-mail with you. The bearer of this e-mail has successfully requested a duplicate Massachusetts license. The license is in good standing and is not currently expired, suspended, or revoked.

Have I mentioned how much I love the Commonwealth recently?

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coopster22
coopster22
Tue, Jun. 7th, 2005 12:56 am (UTC)

So does you e-mail license never expire?


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bronzite
bronzite
Robert Bronzite
Tue, Jun. 7th, 2005 01:37 am (UTC)

It does not list an expiration date, but the email itself is, of course, dated.


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petercooperjr
petercooperjr
Peter Cooper Jr.
Tue, Jun. 7th, 2005 11:49 am (UTC)

However, I can't imagine it'd be difficult to forge one with a newer date.


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petercooperjr
petercooperjr
Peter Cooper Jr.
Tue, Jun. 7th, 2005 11:48 am (UTC)

I have to say, the state government in the past few years has really been on the ball in making their web site cover just about everything a citizen would want to do on it. Really the only thing they've slid back on is that they used to let you do your state taxes online, but now they want you to use an e-file service like the federal government does.


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bronzite
bronzite
Robert Bronzite
Tue, Jun. 7th, 2005 11:54 am (UTC)

I understand the reason for the state wanting you to use the commercial E-File service is that too many people who had no business using a mouse were trying to file online, and the cost of supporting them was becoming prohibitive. Thus, having a commercial business recoup those expenses in submission fees and take care of the affected customers prevented the state from having to raise everybody's taxes to support the people who needed gobs of Tech Support.


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elusiveat
elusiveat
elusiveat
Tue, Jun. 7th, 2005 11:08 pm (UTC)

Someone recently suggested (I have not confirmed this) that in MA I can get my CA drivers license, which is about to expire, replaced with an MA license without actually taking any kind of test. I find this disturbing. I wouldn't trust me behind the wheel of a car.

I immediatedly abused the Internet there to log into the Registry of Motor Vehicles in Massachusetts to find out when the RMV in Worcester opened on Friday so I could get in as early as possible and still make contact with [info]elusiveat that afternoon.

By the way, what time did we agree to meet? I seem to recall 1:30, but somehow 1330 doesn't look right.


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bronzite
bronzite
Robert Bronzite
Wed, Jun. 8th, 2005 01:41 am (UTC)

Yes, 1330 was the agreed upon time. You still in?

I can see Paradise by the dashboard lights.


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elusiveat
elusiveat
elusiveat
Wed, Jun. 8th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC)

Yes, 1330 was the agreed upon time. You still in?

Yes.

I can see Paradise by the dashboard lights.

Can you, now? ;p
I'm praying for the end of time.


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bronzite
bronzite
Robert Bronzite
Wed, Jun. 8th, 2005 12:06 pm (UTC)

I'm praying for the end of time.

You've got to do what you can.
Ain't no doubt about it.


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