As I was headed down to the last day of shooting the Fashion Week Miami show, I was pulled over for an expired tag on my car. Yes, I know I’m an idiot, I should keep up with my car, but I don’t, mostly because I’m lazy when it comes to these things. What makes it more humiliating is that I was pulled over by a bicycle cop.
After about fifteen minutes of waiting, I was informed that I could go to jail, but I was lucky they were in such a good mood (which was a lie – they were acting like jerks). As it turns out Texas revoked my license. After some sleuthing work today (thank you Leo), we found out that I “ran” a tollbooth in Lauderdale Lakes or something (the official offense was failure to obey a traffic device), and the ticket was sent to Texas, and because I haven’t updated my DL information since I’ve lived here, the DL went into suspension, and then into revokation.
Keep in mind this happenned back in August of last year, and I’m just finding out about it now.
So now, I’m informed, that if I get my junk in order by the time the court date rolls around, all the tickets will be thrown out, but the problem comes in with Texas’s lag time and the need for a license to clear these issues.
In Florida, you are required to have a driver’s license and a fully registered car to get insurance. Florida won’t let me have a license until my problems in Texas are cleared up. My problem in Texas relies on me paying a fine in Florida (of which I might or might not be guilty in the first place), getting the proof of payment to Texas to clear my license, and then getting all my paperwork in order here.
Sounds relatively simple, doesn’t it? Here’s where the problems come in:
1) the court date in Florida is in One Month
2) Texas takes three weeks to clear a license of revokation
3) insurance takes One Day to process
4) license takes One Day to process
5) registration can take from Five Days to Six Weeks to process
So ~30 – 21 – 1 – 1 – 5 = 2. I’m looking at a two day grace period under a best case scenario.
Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes: “Life is a festering pit of despair.” (cred to Louis Hebb).