A trip to the mailbox brought mixed feelings. I finally got my Canadian Drivers License, I can now legally join the majority of the population in dodging death on the highway! I’m sure it’s not that bad, it’s just that fatalities resulting from Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs) occur on an almost daily basis. I’m sure my confidence will increase as a direct result of my newspaper subscription ending.
Is there a universal law that the picture on your license must show you in the most unflattering light? I have the dispassionate stare and round face of an over-fed serial killer. Did they maliciously photo-shop me at the test centre or is that how everyone sees me? Either way, I’ve given up, as you can see from this “charmingly make-up free” shot!
Down at the test centre, transferring my British Driving License to a Canadian one was simple enough. As a licensed driver with more than 2 years experience I was eligible for full class licence privileges without taking a knowledge or road test. I filled out some forms, took a sight test, had my mug shot taken, and, the worst part, handed over my British license – both parts. When K, transferred his license six months ago he got to keep the paper part of his British one. I was not so lucky. Apparently they have tightened things up, I was told, and it is now a clear requirement that BOTH parts of the license be handed in. They are then returned to the DVLA back in the UK. After relieving me of $75, the clerk issued me with a temporary license, assuring me that the real one would arrive in the mail within 3 weeks.