Another nightmarish experience at the RMV.
I remember my first experience at the California DMV, and it was terrible. I waited in line for several hours before failing my written test. Every single time I went to the DMV it would end up being an all day ordeal. On my 21st birthday I had an appointment to change my license and I still wound up waiting for 4 hours.
So, when I first went to the RMV to transfer my license plates, I was thrilled with what a breeze it was. Benches for you to sit on while you wait, etc etc. But I still procrastinated getting a Mass. license. I’ve lived here for nearly a year and a half.
Well, transfering license plates is a much easier task than transfering your driver’s license. Their website does NOT clearly state what counts as proof of residency. It is so incredibly vague…I didn’t know what to do, so about 2 weeks ago, I brought everything that was addressed to me at my new residence to the RMV plus a pay stub, thinking one of them must count.
I waited in line for an hour, before they told me that NOTHING I brought counted as proof of residency. Not my pay stub, not my DirecTV bill, not the letter from the post office stating my change of address. NOTHING I BROUGHT COUNTED. Why would I have all of mail going to an address THAT I WAS NOT A RESIDENT OF?!?!?!
They told me that I needed one of the following:
1) A lease — I don’t have a lease. We own our own home, but alas it is under Matt’s name.
2) Mortgage stuff — yes, alas, the home is under Matt’s name.
3) Utility bills — under Matt’s name too.
4) A bank statement.
Okay, I was in between statement periods, and my previous statement went to my old (Watertown) address. After I snapped at the imbecile who rejected me at the RMV and made a slight fool of myself in front of everyone at the RMV, I called my bank and asked if they could send me a bank statement ASAP. And they did. The people who work at my bank are truly great, and I was grateful to deal with some nice folks after the RMV idiots.
So, this morning before I work…I got up and trucked on down to Watertown Mall to go to the RMV. I waited in line, trying to “flood the experience with positive thoughts”, as my friend Elizabeth does in situations like that. “It’s going to be fine. They’re going to accept my bank statement. I will leave here with a Massachusetts driver’s license.”
So much for positive thoughts. Apparently my bank statement “didn’t look official”. Can I get a WTF?! “This is what they send me!” I exclaimed. I was sent to talk to a manager.
“This doesn’t count as proof of residency,” he said.
“Well, why not? They told me bank statements counted, and this is a bank statement!”
“It doesn’t look official,” he said.
“It is an official bank statement,” I said. “Look, there’s even an official seal on the envelope.”
He pointed to some list of what I need. It was a list right off the website:
* SSN Card or valid, current, U.S. or non-U.S. Passport
* Out-of-state License. If your out-of-state License DOES NOT have a photo, you must present acceptable photo ID from the list of Primary and Secondary documents.
Note: If you do not have your out-of-state License to surrender, you must provide a photo ID from the primary or Secondary list of identification AND a certified driving record not more than 30 days old from the state where you currently hold your License..
* Document proving date of birth
* Document proving signature
* Document proving Massachusetts residency
* Note: An out-of-state License presented as one of the ID documents can be used as a Primary document to confirm signature OR date of birth. It CANNOT be used to confirm both.
* A valid Social Security Number that verifies with the Social Security Administration or an acceptable written denial notice from the Social Security Administration.
“Document proving Massachusetts residency,” I said, pointing to that bulleted point on the list, “That is what my bank statement is.”
“No, that’s not an official bank statement,” he said.
“Your list is incredibly vague,” I said. “Document proving Massachusetts residency — that could be anything.”
“It’s actually not vague at all,” he said.
“What? It’s VERY vague. It should state what actually qualifies as Massachusetts proof of residency, and it doesn’t.”
“That’s not an official bank statement,” he said, AGAIN.
“Ugh, fine,” I said, grabbing all of my paperwork and storming out, furious.
And that is why I hate the RMV. My friend Sarah went through a similar experience a week or two ago, as did a coworker of mine. Now I have to figure out what to bring as proof of residency. I stopped at the bank to see if they could give me a more official looking statement, but all they were able to offer me was what I brought to the RMV.Greater Boston (General) |