Nov 6, 2009  •  In Personal

My New Driver’s License

I have lived in New York for the majority of my life. Hence I have been trained and brainwashed to think that New Jersey is an inferior state reserved for wannabe New Yorkers.

The armpit of America. The toxic wastedump of the northeast. A garbage dump for New York. I have heard, and used, them all.

So imagine my embarrassment when New Jersey became our first home after marriage.

I’m still in denial. I really am. When people ask where I live, I say “the New York area” (which is technically true, seeing that my commute into midtown Manhattan is a lot shorter than that of those living in Brooklyn, Queens, or even uptown Manhattan itself). On the rare occasions when I get carded, I proudly produce my New York driver’s license and turn my nose up on those carrying other states’.

Until now.

A couple of weeks ago, I realized that my New York license would be expiring on my birthday this year: December 7. And since I had no idea how long it would take for me to get a NJ license, or if I would run into any difficulties, I decided to go in a whole month early to make the change.

Today, I traded in my NY driver’s license for a NJ one.

*hides in shame*

The process itself was pretty painless, and there wasn’t even a line at the DMV (oh, excuse me…NJ calls it the MVC, or the “Motor Vehicle Commission”). I almost felt like the state of New Jersey was mocking me for making such a big deal out of it.

Ladies and gents, I present to you my new license:


I had to take a picture with my camera, because the scanner amplified the holograms and you couldn’t see a damn thing.

Compare that to my old license (I made sure to take a scan of my NY license before leaving the house since I knew that they would be taking it away):


Oh, young Jenny…there’s just so much I need to warn you about. And yet, tragically, I cannot.

Compared to the NY license, the NJ one is definitely inferior in quality. NY licenses are coated in some kind of material that allows it to bend and flex in every way without tearing. This pictured license has even been through the washing machine and survived to tell its tale!

In contrast, my NJ license is laminated by a thick sheet of plastic. The image quality is sub-par (can you see how blurry it is in the picture above?) and if you look at the edges, you can see that it is crooked!

Another reason I had been carrying my NY license with pride is that it was issued before the change in design, so I felt speshurr that no one else I knew carried this design. Actually, my learner’s permit had the classic, no-frills blue and white design which I loved. When I obtained my license, they changed it to the pink design above (eww) and now, NY issues these monstrosities (double eww):

The design keeps getting worse and worse, no?

Another thing I should mention is that when I was filling out my forms, they asked for my weight…but as you can see it isn’t included in the license. If memory serves me right, NY does not ask for your weight at all during the process.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure that California licenses include your weight. I wonder how many people fib on that section!

Do you like your state’s driver’s license design? Which state do you think has the best license? The worst?

9 Responses to “My New Driver’s License”

  1. ND doesn’t put the weight on the license either, thank god.

    When the hubs traded his MN license for an ND one, the sentiment was similar. He was so proud of his MN status… he still doesn’t like to show people his ND creds.

  2. Geek in Heels:

    @PinkHeli — Slightly off-topic, but I bet your husband’s a Vikings fan, and still is after moving to different state, right? Same with me and the Knicks…I don’t think I can ever choose the Nets over the Knicks!

  3. girlonthepark:

    Hehehehe! Nice Office reference for you photo caption. ;)

  4. Jen:

    Arizona asks for your weight, we call it the MVD (Motor Vehicle Division) and licenses don’t expire until your 65th birthday. It’s kinda neat to hear about how other states do it.

  5. Geek in Heels:

    @girlonthepark — I was hoping someone would notice that! Yay for fellow Office geeks!

    @Jen — that’s crazy that licenses in AZ don’t expire for that long! I think I would like that…no waiting at the DMV/MVC/MVD when your license expires, no paying the renewal fee, and no worrying about how you’re gonna look on your next license picture!

  6. Gloria:

    California definitely lists your weight directly onto your license. I totally forgot about it while sharing it in the office when we were all curious to what other states looked like. Eeek! Davin actually just switched his CA license to NY but was able to request a document that’s essentially a proof of license from CA- he was able to keep his actual license that way. Oh how sentimental we get :)

  7. Amy:

    Louisiana asks for weight, and I’m 235 lbs. on that…bwahahaha add 20 to that. :)

  8. Henry Topping:

    .., well honey I think you’re sounding more like an immigrant with a chip on her shoulder about something as petty as Drivers Liscences designs and formats. Are you bi-polar or somethin…??!!

    Anyways, I think Vermont has the best Drivers Liscence design if I was to indulge in your nonsense…! Maine and Massachusetts have the worst designs in my opinion. There…, go have a chipmunk day about it…!! Jeez..!

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