The DMV notice that I hoped would never come

I received a DMV notice in the mail. At first I thought it might just be an auto registration renewal. However, once I pulled it out of the envelope I saw that it was a driver license renewal notice. Okay. I can handle that. But then… I noticed that there was no online renewal code. Uh oh… that is NEVER a good thing. So then I keep reading and I come to this: “you must go into a DMV office to: 1) pay the $25 renewal fee 2) take a vision test 3) take a picture.

Yes, I have to go in and retake my driver license picture. I was hoping that this day would never come. I was hoping that by some pure chance I had been completely skipped the last few picture renewals and that I would never have to take another picture (or at least, not in the next 20 years). But no. I have to go in and have another picture taken! The DMV notice that I hoped would never come was finally here.

The last (and only) time I had my driver license picture taken was when I was 18. With my ponytail held high, I put on some lipgloss and called it a day. I look fresh, young and healthy. It was an effortless picture and one that I am proud of (and will happily whip out when needed).

pattie cordova
Current driver license

Now, I have to go in, two kids and a blogging life later, and actually attempt to do something to my hair, put on a full face of makeup and give it my best to look refreshed, well-rested and ready to take on the world. I’m not sure if I’m ready for a challenge. I know it’s just a picture… but I’ll have to show it to a lot of people during the course of the next 10 years and I want it to be good.

So there you have it. Now you know what i’ll be doing in a couple of weeks. And of course, I’ll let you know how it turns out. But for now, I feel the dark cloud looming over me.

p.s. I do realize that it may seem trivial to some, but I seriously wish I could pay $100 and keep my old picture. I mean, we pay more for personalized license plates, why can’t we do the same for driver license pictures?

Are you happy with your driver license picture, or do you wish you could have a do-over on it?

25 comments on The DMV notice that I hoped would never come

  1. Migdalia aka @MsLatina
    March 14, 2013 at 3:21 pm (2 years ago)

    I had the same issue but thankfully (or not!) the photo taker let me keep my old photo when I renewed. Sadly, that created other problems. I didn't look like a fresh faced 18 yr old which made others triple check my pic (Totally reinforced the idea that I aged Grrr) so I eventually went in and took a new one. Now others see the real me, the fresh faced Mami, in more ways thn one ;)

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    • Pattie Cordova
      March 15, 2013 at 3:09 pm (2 years ago)

      LOL… that's hilarious! We can't catch a break.

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  2. Justine Burgess
    March 14, 2013 at 3:31 pm (2 years ago)

    Personally, I think you are much prettier now. Your old picture is cute, but you were just a kid. You've grown into your beauty, and why not show it? =)

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    • Pattie Cordova
      March 15, 2013 at 3:10 pm (2 years ago)

      aw! Thanks Justine :)

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  3. Angela
    March 14, 2013 at 4:06 pm (2 years ago)

    I had to do the same thing last year and was not happy about it. I saw you not that long ago at an event, and you look fabulous – no worries!

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    • Pattie Cordova
      March 15, 2013 at 3:10 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Angela! Yes, it sucks and I'm so glad that I'm not the only one that feels like this!

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  4. Unknown Mami
    March 14, 2013 at 4:07 pm (2 years ago)

    Pattie you still look as fresh as you were when you were 18. Believe it!

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    • Pattie Cordova
      March 15, 2013 at 3:09 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Claudya ;)

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  5. Jennifer Comet Wagner
    March 14, 2013 at 4:57 pm (2 years ago)

    I have had the same picture on my license for over 20 years. I wonder if I will ever have to change mine.

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    • Pattie Cordova
      March 15, 2013 at 3:08 pm (2 years ago)

      probably :(

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  6. Jeannette
    March 14, 2013 at 5:02 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh, I so feel you! I had to get my picture changed three years ago and don't have to do it again for another 8 I don't think. And I really do believe that they try to get the worst picture possible! I'm sure you'll look fabulous though and I can't wait to see your new picture!

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    • Pattie Cordova
      March 15, 2013 at 3:08 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Jeannette – yup. That sucks when you were perfectly happy with the old picture.

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  7. Monique Frausto
    March 14, 2013 at 5:40 pm (2 years ago)

    You look great then and now! I want to do my pic over! LOL!

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    • Pattie Cordova
      March 15, 2013 at 3:06 pm (2 years ago)

      LOL… thanks Monique! I wish we could take our own and submit it LOL

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  8. Shelly
    March 14, 2013 at 6:36 pm (2 years ago)

    In Az the license last for 40 years! So far they have not asked for a renewal picture I am kind of hoping they don't for the same reasons you have said above! Good luck!!

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    • Pattie Cordova
      March 15, 2013 at 3:07 pm (2 years ago)

      wow! That's pretty cool. Bet they save lots of $$ too because they don't have to re-print!

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  9. Ruby
    March 14, 2013 at 6:39 pm (2 years ago)

    Ha! You should see my Lic. and yes I still rep cali in NJ lol I refuse for my Lic to say garden state blah!

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    • Pattie Cordova
      March 14, 2013 at 11:28 pm (2 years ago)

      Forever and ever a Cali girl!

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  10. Leslie Limon
    March 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm (2 years ago)

    You are gorgeous! I highly doubt you could ever take a bad photo. I'm sure you'll look even prettier in your new DMV photo. :)

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    • Pattie Cordova
      March 14, 2013 at 11:25 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you Leslie! I'll definitely share when I get it in.

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  11. Yvonne Condes
    March 14, 2013 at 7:47 pm (2 years ago)

    I hate to break it to you, Pattie. You still look 18! You're fabulous and this picture will be even better.

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    • Pattie Cordova
      March 14, 2013 at 11:24 pm (2 years ago)

      aw! Thank you sweetness :) I'm putting trust in your words!

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  12. AutismWonderland
    March 15, 2013 at 12:21 am (2 years ago)

    Seriously you look the same. I HATE my DMV pic would gladly take it over again.

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    • Pattie Cordova
      March 15, 2013 at 3:11 pm (2 years ago)

      you're sweet! I don't feel the same. I see so much in that picture. We should just be able to submit our own picture!

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  13. Comiendo en LA
    March 16, 2013 at 6:20 am (2 years ago)

    hahaha funny story!!! I have to get mine :(

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