So where are one and two? Day one I hit two birds with one stone. The first required document for getting my “licencia para conducir” (driver’s license) is also a document I needed for the adoption: “antecendentes policiales” (criminal history report). You drop off your request one day and pick it up in about 2 business days. Well that is all taken care of so that was day one and day two.
Today is day three.
I have no idea what this is going to be like. You ask 6 different people what you need to do to get a license you get 6 different answers. The funny thing is that they are all telling the truth! You just never know what kind of mood the officials will be in the moment you are with them. So what is my plan?
- Comfy shoes on
- Gather together all identification documents and the police report
- Make 5 photocopies of everything
- Put all of the above in an important papers folder
- Prepare about $200 in smallish Bolivian bills for the running around in taxis and paying of fees over the next few days
- Pack my bag: important papers folder, money, book, reading glasses, cell phone, notebook, and three pens
- Get a taxi to “tránsito” (Department of Motor Vehicles or DMV)
If you wouldn’t mind praying for me I would really appreciate it. I don’t want to lose my cool or get my dander up. I want favor with the officials. I want this process done as quickly as possible.
Eye on the prize: driving!