Today was an eventful day. Today was the day that we slid and climbed down the chutes and ladders of first-time Texan residency. To all newbie Austinites, here’s the order in which you must go in order to achieve that fancy driver’s license:
Step #1: Go get your car inspected. (This costs about $26. Inspection stations are everywhere, conveniently.)
Step #2: Go get your vehicle registered and titled. You need to bring along the following documents to the [Travis] County Tax Office: the original title of your car, proof of insurance, inspection papers, and an application for registration/title. *But, don’t forget any of these documents at home, because you may or may not be able to re-crank your car to get there.* The previous situation happened to us today, but thank goodness Erik jiggled some wires and found that the battery had a poor connection. Whew! Crisis averted.
Step #3: Go to the DMV. Surprisingly, the South Congress DMV was an incredibly efficient institution. However, when we arrived, there was (of course) a state-wide shut down of “the system.” Alas, we had to wait–but not for long! The system came back up in about 15 minutes, and, because everyone else had left due to the bad news bears, our numbers were called within 10-15 minutes! Erik and I attained our temporary licenses and are now happy Texans! After the DMV lady uttered the words, “Welcome to Texas,” I knew that my life path had just made quite an alteration. I’m still unsure if I’m okay with being a Texan, being the Southern gal that I am. 😉
Got it? Inspection, registration/titling, license. That’s the watered down breakdown of becoming an official Texan.