Pop Culture Gadabout
Friday, May 19, 2006
      ( 5/19/2006 05:26:00 AM ) Bill S.  

SINGLE VEH GVWR 1600 OR LESS EXCEPT CYCLES – My birthday's comin' up in June (the 17th, in case you wanna do any shopping), and this year is one when I get my license renewed. In Illinois, they've initiated a Certificate of Extension program over the last couple years as a money saving device. If you're classified a "safe driver," instead of going in each time and getting your picture taken for a new license, you can get a silvery sticker in the mail that you affix to your license. Personally, I always kinda get a perverse kick out of having my license photo taken, but I sent in the money to the Secretary of State, anyway.

Received my sticker yesterday, which also came with a cheesy "Safety Citation" in recognition of my "personal contribution to safe driving by driving for four years without a moving violation." (Years ago, when I was a poverty-stricken college student, I received a similar citation for going four years violation-free, and it was a singularly dubious achievement: though I had a license, I didn't own a car and went everywhere I could on a bicycle.) The sticker goes on the back of the license and notes that the "license expires four (4) years from the expiration date on the face of the license." Thus, for anyone to properly check your license, they need to look at both sides of the document. The sticker also covers up the part of your license, which indicates any restrictions you might have (like my needing eyeglasses). Smart thinking, State of Illinois!

But I'm still on the highways, so if you see me behind the wheel without my wire rims, you'd best get out of the way . . .
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