June 8, 2009

Several months ago my wallet was stolen. I had like a dollar in it, so other than the inconvenience of calling credit card companies the only real problem this caused me was the loss of my driver’s license. The other day I finally decided to do something about it and went to the website for the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, the agency that issued my license, where I made my way to a page with this heading:


I dutifully filled out what information I could and clicked “Submit,” whereupon I was confronted with this:

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I don’t know what to say except thank God I got out of there.

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8 Responses to Several months ago my wallet was stolen

  1. Oh, I’m sure you can find some priceless web forms on the NYS sites.

  2. Will says:

    Oh, that’s a handy form. I’m in NYC too and want to replace my falling-apart SC driver’s license.

    I’ve wondered if I could just order a new one online or if I had to actualy GO to that hell hole. Thank you, Joel, for doing my research for me and answering this question that has been bothering me for >2 years.

    — Lazy Will

  3. Brian says:

    I guess they actually expect you to have memorized your driver license number. And really, how hard can it be? I memorized mine, and it has seven digits, just like a phone number (albeit without the dash between the third and fourth digit). Or, you could have it printed on your checks…

  4. David says:

    Joel, this is the byzantine South. Were you expecting something with no contradictions? We have a reputation to uphold!

    The SC DMV has improved markedly in recent years, if it’s any consolation. Come back to Charleston and I’ll stand in line with you and bring pimiento cheese sandwiches and benne wafers!

  5. Joe says:

    I was pulled over for speeding on the Long Island Expressway. I had a Maine driver’s license. I got two tickets: one for speeding and one for driving without a (New York) license.

  6. Bernd says:

    Stop complaining. As a non-citizen in sunny FL I have to actually go to their offices and bring in my passport with visa, proof of employment, proof of residency to get the license renewed for just 12 months. After being done at the DMV I have to wait for up to 30 days to have the new license mailed to me while shlepping a letter-sized replacement license with me, that is only valid with another government issued photo-ID

  7. Paul says:

    How the hell do they expect anyone to remember the license number?

  8. Matt says:

    And heaven help anybody born in October, November or December!


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