Today I made it official. I now have a valid Iowa driver’s license. This is my temporary paper license while I wait for them to send me the official plastic one with holograms.
This was the first time that I had ever been asked to remove my glasses for the photograph. I think that the picture turned-out ok. I was told that I couldn’t have an open mouth smile (no teeth) and that threw me a little. But over all, it doesn’t make me look like a crazed killer or anything so I think it ended-up ok.
I love the fact that the license has a wind turbine on it*. I think that it’s really cool that the State of Iowa is embracing these so thoroughly.
My mom had warned me about lines and attitudes but I found neither in evidence when I went to the Franklin County Courthouse to get this bit of essential housekeeping done. In fact, I forget how efficient and fast everything is here. There was no real line and I was in and out in about 15 minutes. To say that it is a different experience from either Florida or England would be a massive understatement! In Florida I remember scheduling half a day to get my name changed on my driver’s license and it took more than that. And England was just a lot of work and time in general.
*I learned something new writing this post about the wind farms. I had never thought about it before, but they have names. The one that I have photographed before on this blog that is between Iowa Falls and Hampton, Iowa is called Whispering Willow Wind Farm.