Never had a mug shot before but I do now !

April 3rd, 2012

This past January I had to renew my driver’s license.  Last time was easy.  I did it all through the mail.  This time I had to actually go to the DMV, sit forever, pay my money, have my photo taken and finally get my new driver’s license .

Well I sort of got my new drivers license.  They gave me this 81/2 by 11 piece of paper to carry with my expired license until the new one arrived ..drum roll…in the mail!  WHAT??   Took me exactly 5 minutes to misplace that piece of paper.

One good thing though, I drove the speed limit until my new license arrived since I had no proof I really had a valid license.

I could just picture it.  The cop stops me and asks for my license.  I give it to him and try to explain the new one is in the mail.  Yeah, right.   I have never been stopped for speeding but I felt like my car had a big old red target on it screaming”Stop her, stop her”

I hate my new driver’s license.  I hate the photo in particular which makes me want to hide my license from everyone.

Virginia unfortunately issued driver’s license to many of the terrorists involved in 911, so there are new security measures in place before you can get a license.

You have to jump through many many hoops.  This is not bad, just annoying.  I only had to jump through a few because I had a valid license.  BUT if I had waited and let it expire it would have been horrendous which is why I found myself enduring the endless wait the day BEFORE my license expired.

Yes I have a little problem with procrastination plus I was mad that I couldn’t do it through the mail like last time.

So one of the new measures taken for security purposes is to take the photo in black and white, no hats, scarves or anything on your head and NO SMILING.

I didn’t have a previous mug shot but I sure have one now.

I have heard this makes you easier to recognize.  Really?  I think it makes me look dead with my eyes open.  I showed it to a few people and they said it doesn’t even look like me.

My point exactly.

I now use my military id if someone needs to see one.  The photo is also in black and white and not much better but its smaller and fuzzier and less embarrassing.

So if you ever wondered what your mug shot would look like, feel free to come get a license here in Virginia.

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2 Responses to “Never had a mug shot before but I do now !”

  1. Valerie on April 16, 2012 10:47 am

    Oh I hate the new licenses! In mine, I decided to smirk. It’s not as nice as a full-on smile with teeth, but at least I have some expression. Although, I suppose that I won’t be smiling at all if I’m dealing with an officer who needs to see my i.d.

  2. Jenn on April 16, 2012 11:05 am

    I’m glad I am not the only one! One of my friends thought I should have posted my new photo with the post. Sorry I am not that brave! Wish I had thought to smirk!

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