We had been told by our friend (the one who lives in McMinnville) that we would have two months to reside before changing over to Oregon plates and driving. We’ve been here for almost two months now.
We somehow believed that we would have to take the tests in the big city of Roseburg, but someone had suggested that we go to Canyonville. I hadn’t thought of a DMV even existing in Canyonville. What an awesome thought.
Roland happened to be off work for pioneer day as he is still on Utah clock. The South Umpqua ward tries to do something for the days of ’47 to honor the pioneers who traveled across the plains. I’m told that the pioneer celebration always takes place a week earlier than it does in Utah as Myrtle Creek has its own celebration around the same time as Utah has theirs.
So on July 24th, we went to Canyonville so that Richard could take his test first, and I went across the street with Jenna to take pictures of her playing in the park. We weren’t there for very long.
Yesterday Roland received his Oregon driver’s license in the mail. He now has two valid driver’s licenses – one from Oregon and one from Utah. His Utah was never punched.
He had seemed nervous about the test for some reason. I do not know why. Roland is a great driver. If he thought he would not be able to pass, what chances would I have at passing?
The questions had mostly common sense answers. There really wasn’t anything to be nervous about. I actually did better at the test than he did. My Utah driver’s license was punched and I was given a temporary piece of paper.
Now we just need to change our car plates from Utah to Oregon. NOT an easy task. ALWAYS red tape in Utah. It hasn’t ended for us. I wonder if it ever will.
For some reason we arrived in Oregon without the title to the car we are currently driving. We sent an application to Utah to get a replacement title. Paperwork sent back with the reason that we still owed our credit union for the car. We DON’T owe our credit union. The car had been paid off over a year before we moved to Oregon.
So we get the credit union to send a letter that says we have indeed paid for the car and we return the paperwork to the state of Utah. It is returned to us again because the letter clears us of a car – it doesn’t give the make or model number. So we call the bank again.
They said they would send a certificate for the lean. They also sent an email so that we could print it up and resend off again. But the printed copy seems distorted, as we appeared to be out of blue ink. So I expect that Utah will send it back to us.
Meanwhile we have the hard copy – which does appear to be a lot more acceptable than what we printed out. Meanwhile our two months are running out. Fortunately I don’t think it will be a major concern right now in Myrtle Creek. There are certainly more pressing issues going on in our surroundings at this time.
There have been so many ideas come to mind about what I’d like to post, but I find that if I don’t write it down the second that I think about it, it often doesn’t get written at all.
This morning I take Jenna to school for registration. She is not excited.