I Got a New Driver’s License (and Kissed a Stranger)

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After letting it expire for three months, I finally decided to get my driver’s license renewed.

And when my mother-in-law offered to watch all three of my kids, so that I could head to the BMV in peace and quiet – I did cartwheels out to my minivan after dropping them off.

I’ve never been so excited to go to the BMV in my entire life.

And they were so excited to see me! I’m not even joking.

They let me use their bathroom.

They practically offered me homemade cookies and coffee. (They didn’t, but they probably would have if I had stuck around long enough.)

The woman taking my picture actually took it three different times until she was happy with how I looked (she even fixed my hair for me.)

And then – the best part – she told me that my weight on my driver’s license was “close enough” – when we both knew it was off by a good 10 pounds.

That’s when I kissed her on the mouth.

After my last driver’s license picture, I love my new license. I keep hoping I get carded at the grocery store (not a chance), I’m considering getting it framed and hanging it in my entryway, I practically sleep with it at night…

My driver’s license picture as a newlywed:

Driver's License Photo Before Kids

My driver’s license picture after 5 years of marriage (and one child):

Driver's License Photo after Kids

My driver’s license picture after 10 years of marriage (and three children):

My New Driver's License Picture

Definitely better than 5 years ago, right?

When was the last time you wanted to kiss a stranger on the mouth?


  1. Kelley

    June 18, 2012 at 9:04 am

    What a nice lady! She said your weight was less than it is AND she fixed your hair AND she took the picture three times. No wonder you look so happy in that picture! I think it’s super cute. 🙂

  2. Dana {crafted niche}

    June 18, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Nice! I was terrified to go for my renewal this March. I ended up with a teenager who couldn’t have cared less about my picture. I put my foot down though, and two retakes later I gave him the go-ahead to print it. At first he seemed annoyed, but by the third “take” he was smiling and I think maybe even laughing a bit at my ridiculousness.

    Hey – we have to LIVE with these things! I don’t want to be embarrassed to flash it! (The card… get your mind out of the gutter.)

  3. sue frazier

    June 18, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Yeh, I discovered mine was expired the day I totaled my husband’s truck. (not my fault, and no one was hurt). Really, the cop was like “Ma’am, do you have an updated license? I’m like, “Uh, no. Why?”. Then he gave me a ticket. I don’t think I was smiling in my last DMV photo, lol! I didn’t kiss anyone there either.

  4. Steph at The Healthy Mom

    June 18, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Do you have a Trader Joe’s by you? They card anyone who looks younger than 32. I’ve been carded THREE times there over the past year. And I’m 38! It’s fabulous (but slightly inconvenient, as I had to put the wine back since I only had my Amex on me at the time).

  5. Gwen

    June 18, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    They LET you smile? We can’t do that here anymore…

  6. Deb

    June 18, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Gosh – what DMV do you go to?? It is odd to find any of them with friendly staff around my area. They all act like you are a loser around our parts.

  7. Motherhood on the Rocks

    June 18, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Wow! Nice lady at the DMV. We get the annoyed “neeext!” And that’s it.

  8. Jay- The Dude of the House

    June 18, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    That middle picture looks nothing like the other 2. I’m about to be married for 5 years, so I hope I look younger 5 years from now as you do 🙂

    I didn’t realize you were a Buckeye!

  9. Mia Glover

    June 19, 2012 at 6:40 am

    You are still pretty on your drivers license pictures. Even years passing by your beauty doesn’t fade. I haven’t try getting drivers license because I don’t know how to drive until now. But I am planning to take driving classes.

  10. Meredith

    June 19, 2012 at 7:57 am

    So, basically the BMV is the new friendly spa? 😉

  11. Kari

    June 19, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    I have hated every single one of my drivers license pictures. I have even tried experimenting with different degrees of smiling to determine which will look the best on my photo. Next time I think I’m going with the “I’ve been crying for the last 25 minutes so don’t even think about writing me a ticket or I will blow my nose on your shirt” look.

  12. Jelli

    June 19, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Funny! The OH BMV where I go every 5 years to renew (when I’m in the country..shhh don’t tell!) is definitely not interested in fixing my hair. Obviously, you had a great run that day. Congrats on the good pic.

  13. Theresa

    June 20, 2012 at 11:49 am

    We are not allowed to smile in Canada(in license pictures). Guess they figure you won’t be smiling when you get pulled over:)

  14. Zenny Pia

    July 12, 2012 at 1:31 am

    I am preparing to get my drivers license. I am enroll in driving class so that I could pass the test driving license test. Your are so beautiful on your drivers license. I hope I will get a good image too on my drivers license.

  15. Kate

    October 30, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I was 8 months pregnant when I took my last driver’s license picture. It actually didn’t turn out that bad.

    Yours looks great!

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