Sarah Jane Humke

The life of a traveling, reading, writing, spining and knitting shepherdess.

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.

Sorry about all the stuff blotted out. I just don't feel comfortable putting all that info onto the internet!


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.

5 thoughts on “License to Drive

  1. tini says:

    LOL. We are very keen on wind energy plants here in Northern Germany.So keen, that my employer paid for some English lessons for some employees (not me, somehow my English seems o.k. enough 😉 LOL), nevertheless we learned that the things called turbines too but a whole lot of them are wind energy plants according to the Native speaker, who taught my co-workers 🙂 And since we do finance a whole lot of them, I knew that most energy plants do have interesting names but it’s more like 457 Bürgerwindpark 🙂 or so. Whispering willow wind farm is so much nicer!

    I guess the efficency totally depends on the employers at the office. Sometimes I had to wait for HOURS in Kiel and sometimes it took me 5 minutes for the same thing…

    1. hortihoney says:

      Actually it seems that most of the wind farms here have really uninteresting names too, that’s why I thought that Whispering Willows Wind farm was interesting. It’s just such a sort-of fanciful name compared to the rest of them:-)

  2. tini says:

    We also have tons of biomass energy plants here. I wonder what fancy names they would get: Smelly rotty bio mass farm?

    1. hortihoney says:

      No, they would call it something like “Green Acres” 🙂

  3. Jayson C says:

    That’s so funny. Today I surrendered my Florida CDL and got my paper license. Small world. I was shocked when I went in and they handed me the paper. I was like. Uh…this isn’t plastic. He informed me my “real” one would be in the mail within 21 days. That’s a riot!

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