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Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in Kentmobile | 0 comments

Effort to score Texas license plate suffers from disorganization

BY KENT ROBERTS

Kentmobile state ID: check.

Kentmobile state ID: check.

About 60 days after arriving in Texas, I decided I should probably have a Texas driver’s license so that the information-industrial complex wouldn’t have too much difficulty tracking me down (a huge waste of taxpayer dollars that I could solve by simply paying some taxes).

At the county tax assessor, my number was called after 45 minutes of mandatory governmental patience training. The lady explained that I needed to transfer my Florida tag before I could switch my driver’s license. In order to do that, I would need to have an inspection. DENIED.

At the inspection center, my name was called after 10 minutes of mandatory private-sector patience training. The man explained that I needed to get rid of my check engine light before the car could be approved. He cleared it and told me to replace the catalytic converter or drive 50 miles without the light returning. DENIED.

Back at the inspection center, my name was called after 5 minutes of mandatory private-sector patience training. Somehow my car, this time, was deemed fit for the road, proof that Texas is liberal in at least one way. APPROVED.

Back at the county tax assessor, my number was called after 30 minutes of mandatory governmental patience training. The lady asked for my registration. I couldn’t find it. DENIED.

At home, I found the registration on my bed, where I had been sorting papers.

Back at the county tax assessor, my number was called after 15 minutes of mandatory governmental patience training. The lady (same lady) asked for payment. No wallet. DENIED.

At home, I found the wallet on the coffee table, where I had placed it between trips to the tax assessor.

Back at the county tax assessor, my number was called after 7 minutes of mandatory governmental patience training. The lady (different lady) handed me my license plate. APPROVED.

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