As we are settling into our new home and I'm dealing with an ulcer flare-up because - well, stress just makes me crazy anymore - Michael got a notice saying that Arizona was going to suspend his Driver's License. Their only explanation was a check of something called the "National Driver Registry" that showed his license in South Carolina had been suspended.
Now, we don't live in South Carolina, haven't lived in South Carolina since February of 2008 and there was no problem when he changed his license to Arizona back then. There was no problem when we turned in our SC plates to the AZDOT and registered our car (which we bought about a week before moving) here.
Suddenly, though, South Carolina has screwed the pooch and says his SC license is suspended. Of course, neither of us HAS a South Carolina license but that makes no nevermind to the cheerful bureaucrats in Washington, Columbia, and Phoenix.
Here's what the National Driver Registry is supposed to do according to their mandate:
The National Driver Register (NDR) is a computerized database of information about drivers who have had their licenses revoked or suspended, or who have been convicted of serious traffic violations such as driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. State motor vehicle agencies provide NDR with the names of individuals who have lost their privilege or who have been convicted of a serious traffic violation.That sounds really good, huh? Bet that's how it was sold to the clueless politicians too. Our streets will be safe from drunks or reckless drivers who can't just jump state lines and get a new license.
But, here's the problem. Michael has not so much as a parking ticket. So, I spent about 45 minutes on the phone talking to bureaucrats in South Carolina to find out that Newberry County had "requested" his license be suspended because property taxes on our car for last year AND this year in South Carolina!
That's not a "serious traffic violation" it's a bureaucratic screw up. We never received a notice that any taxes were due in South Carolina since we moved within days of purchasing the vehicle and registered it here in Arizona. We turned in the plate we were given by the dealership here in Arizona and were told they would inform South Carolina that the plates were surrendered and the car registered here. We paid our taxes in Arizona and all was well. Or so we thought.
So, this morning I spoke to Shannon in Newberry, SC who was very sweet and told me that if I sent her proof that we had turned in the plate in Arizona that they would "pro-rate" the taxes for the time we were in South Carolina and she would remove the vehicle taxes for this year. How nice, but now we have to go to the AZDOT here and try to get them to give us some sort of paperwork saying they got the plates, then we have to send that to her. She then has to send that to the SCDMV in Columbia. Then it looks like we'll have to pay them $50 to "re-instate" a license that isn't used. Then they have to contact AZ and AZDOT has to "re-instate" Michael's real license here.
Honestly, it's enough to make me want to join some crazy ass "drown the government in a bathtub" group.
So, because the bureaucracy failed initially by not telling SC we turned in the plates we're not mired in another bureaucratic mess designed to keep drunk drivers off the streets (supposedly). Oh well, every new "safety" measure our government institutes eventually seems to be perverted into some quagmire of red tape and utter imcompetance.
What are y'all trying to do, make me a Republican?