August 05, 2004

Boo, Federalism

When you move around a lot, you realize this: It is a massive pain to have 50 different systems* for licensing yourself as a driver and registering your car. I don't suppose that there's any chance of centralizing this (for one thing, I imagine that the DMV is a profit center for states), but it would be nice.

Also a pain:

Drivers new to Wisconsin are required to apply for a Wisconsin driver license within 30 days of establishing residency.
The following documents are acceptable proof of Wisconsin residency when they include your current Wisconsin residence street address:
...A utility bill for water, gas, electricity or land line telephone service at least 30 days old
An account statement at least 30 days old from a Wisconsin financial institution [emphasis added]

A signed lease does not establish residency. A pay check establishes residency, but I won't be getting one of those until Oct. 1. Maybe UWM will put my street address on my ID (though I don't see why they would).

*51 counting DC, I suppose.

Posted by Matt Weiner at August 5, 2004 08:59 AM

No problem. When applying for your ORIGINAL Wisconsin driver license, it's acceptable to provide driver license:

Posted by: Jeff Johnson at August 5, 2004 09:33 AM