Thursday, July 29, 2010

Bona Fide

I finally have a Michigan Driver's License.

Or, at least, I will once they mail it to me. Right now I have my Arizona license with the corner cut off stapled to the piece of cardstock that is my temporary Michigan license.

You read that right.  My Arizona license.

I still had my Arizona license because I am a horrible human being who liked the picture on it and did not want to take the time and effort to go down to the DMV for a Utah license only to be told I didn't have my marriage certificate or some other such documentation.  Haven't any of you ever read DeNae's experience on this?  The DMV is a scary, scary place!

Besides, my Arizona license didn't expire until the year 2039.

That's right.  No standing in DMV lines until I was 65 years old.  No taking a newer, but just as horrible picture until I was 65 years old.  Which means as far as my identification was concerned, I really would be perpetually 29, which is reason enough never to get rid of the thing.

But alas, all good things must come to an end and all good citizens must register to vote.

In Utah they let me do it without a Utah license.  But here that is out of the question, and besides, Joel wanted a fishing license.  (Oh, yes, he is my compatriot in driver's license evasion.)

So today we went.  And it wasn't really that bad.  We stood in a relatively short line and had relatively few problems with documentation.  The lady did ask me if I was married and when I answered "yes," she stopped everything and said she couldn't proceed without a marriage certificate.   I told her that she could indeed proceed because I was not using my birth certificate for identification, but my passport.  And my passport has my married name on it. Because I already sent the government my marriage certificate.

Thankfully she bought that.  But only after she checked with her boss.

Then she marked my gender as Male.  I know I wasn't wearing much lipstick, but really?  It took a second, but we got that all figured out, too.

And now I am a bona-fide Michigander.

Kind of weird.

But I like it.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. Oh, to be 29...
    No wonder AZ is so hot. :)

  2. She seriously marked you MALE. WHen you were standing RIGHT THERE?!


  3. That's when my AZ license expires too!

  4. might be a Michiganian...(-:

    Here are some opinions I found when i googled it. They refer to legislation to formalize "Michiganian." I think that might have happened when I was a kid (70's), because somewhere in the recess of my mind is a memory of hub-bub about which one we are. So, here's a huge cut and paste from some web site for a little fun:

    "It is Michigander. Plain and simple as that. No ifs, ands, or butts about it. And certainly no buckeyes about it either!"

    Posted by: Bobalou1957 | Tuesday, 03 July 2007 at 07:07 PM

    "I grew up in Michigan love Michigan and want to return. I remember this whole legislation thing to formalize, Michiganian. Who are we kidding! it's always been Michigander...remember all the jokes about Michigoose? For goshsakes, we hold up our hand to point to where we grew up, vacationed and went to school. A true Michigander knows how to make his/her left hand make the upper peninsula! Unite, we are Michiganders tride an true!"

    Posted by: Julia Mittelstadt | Sunday, 15 July 2007 at 08:52 PM

    "I'm a Michiganian. Legislation be damned. I've traveled the state a fair amount for work over the years and it seems to me that I've heard "Michigander" used primarily in the SE Michigan area while "Michiganian" is heard more in the rest of the Lower Peninsula. Yoopers, of course, really don't care what we call it since they are "Yoopers" and or "residents of the Sovereign State of Superior"."

    Posted by: Mensch71 | Sunday, 26 August 2007 at 09:07 AM

    "I'm proud to be a Michiganian! I've always used it and not once have I used Michigander. To me, it sounds weird, no offense, people. I live in SE Michigan, but I don't really know what everyone says around here. Call it what you will, but I'll always be a Michiganian. =D"

    Posted by: Rach | Sunday, 11 May 2008 at 09:03 PM

  5. You know you're a true MICHIGANDER when...

    You measure distance in hours.

    You know several people who have hit a deer more than once.

    You often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day.

    You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching.

    You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.

    You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.

    Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.

    You know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction.

    Your 4th of July picnic was moved indoors due to frost.

    You have more miles on your snow blower than your car.

    You find 0 degrees "a little chilly."

    You drink pop and bake with soda.

    Your doctor tells you to drink Vernors and you know it's not medicine.

    You know what a Yooper is.

    You know that UP is a place not a direction

    You know it's possible to live in a thumb.


  6. I can't believe they marked you as Male! Lipstick aside you would never pass for one! What is the big deal about the marriage lisense? You only can get a lisence if you are legally married or something? Weird. I love the never expiring until 65 yrs of age thing :-)

  7. Way to evade! You make me laugh so much. And I am glad that you can vote now, but more so that you are considered a female in the great state of Michigan. :)

  8. HA!HA! I laughed at the male part too! Congrats on your new status!

  9. Yay!!! Finally, another male blogger. I can show you all the ropes--what kinds of posts NOT to comment on, how to try not to come across as a stalker, but still seem warm and friendly...let's talk soon.

  10. haha. good for you! i'm still stumped on why arizona lets you have a license till 2039? that makes me want to move there. i did the dreaded utah license ... and oh yes, there were problems. so now i'm using my "temporary" utah license that is good for 6 months ... and i'm sure i'll wait till the last minute to take care of that. lucky duck. congrats on being an official michiganianianian.

  11. "Michigander" I kinda like that too.

  12. Congratulations! I just got my Montana license 2 months ago... which was about 10 months late. I finally broke down and did it when I wanted to get a fishing license and be registered to vote. I had no idea Arizona licenses are good for so long. They have strange laws there if you ask me! :)

  13. Congratulations on being official! I thought ahead and brought my marriage license to the WA DMV, which did, in fact, end up being required. But I was only on top of that particular game because by that point, after all the other moving-in logistics I'd dealt with to that point, I had temporarily lost all my faith in humanity. So I thought, "I just bet they'll try to screw me and make me prove I'm married before they'll consider me a resident, the jerks." And, well, it was so. Hmm.

    I digress. Sorry they marked you a "sir." I love local government.

  14. Bonafide…what a truly wonderful word - as well as thing to be.