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OT-National Drivers License database tracked me down
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Submitted by sdrealtor on July 16, 2012 - 4:32pm
So this weekend I get a letter from the State of CA that they are about to suspend my drivers license because they State of NJ suspended my drivers license. So I call the State of NJ DMV, sit on hold for 20 minutes and get cut off. Take two. I call back and 20 minutes later I get connected to a clerk who tells me I failed keep up with a payment plan with the Atlantic City Municipal court. Of course I have no idea what this is.
So I call the Atlantic City municipal court sit on hold for 20 minutes and get cut off again. They must be on the same telco system as UCSD Medical Center. I call back and reach a clerk who notifies me that I have an unpaid $38 parking ticket in Atlantic City from 1990? WTF! I cant remember getting a parking ticket that long ago and would have paid it long ago if I knew about it. They tell me there is warrant out for my arrest in NJ over this! Really? A warrant for a $38 parking ticket.
One amazing thing is they just came after me even though they suspended my NJ DL in 2008. How did they finally computerize all this? Must be an artifact of 9/11. So I go online and pay the $38 plus $1 convenience fee for doing it online (more nonsense as its cheaper for them to do it this way). They tell me I can clear my license by paying NJ a $100 extortion...err reinstatement fee. I go online to pay it but of course I need to input my NJ drivers license which i gave up about 20 years ago.
So its back to calling the NJ DMV for my old DL# but the wait is 30 minutes this time. I finally get through and they cant tell me my own DL# because of some crazy privacy act that still lets them chase me down and suspend my drivers license over a $38 ticket from more than 20 years ago.
So I go back online and amazingly I actually remember my 15 digit drivers license # from 20 years ago. Even though I cant remember where I put my wallet or keys from minute to minute I have a bit of a photographic memory for random tidbits like my DL#.
So I finally get to pay the extortion/reinstatement fee for a license I have no use for and never will use again.
Oh yeah....there was another $2.50 convenience fee to pay.
New Jersey-the State that keeps giving....make that taking!
end of rant
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