A daily photo-blog of my life as an American transplanted in the UK.
Friday, 10 February 2012
Y4 - 133/365: DVLA Day
Ryan had his first trip to the DVLA today...at just 25 months of age. Matt renewed the tax disc for the car online this year and he still hasn't received it in the post even though the tax expired 10 days ago. He rang the number after 5 days and they told him to wait 5 more days. Last night when he rang they said he could come out to the DVLA to pick it up, but they were closed by the time he was due off work and they weren't open on the weekend -- which makes TOTAL sense for working people, right?!
I offered to take Ryan out to go get it if they would allow us to and Matt agreed and wrote us a "permission slip." We planned on taking the train out to Lea Hall Station (out by Birmingham International Airport) but that morning the snow had fallen quite a bit and the pavements were covered. Plus, the temps were quite low as well so Josie & David kindly took us out.
Ryan fell asleep on the way there and woke up soon after David and I went inside to collect the disc. It wasn't as bad as I thought...not as bad as the American BMVs I am used to with a queue that goes on for ages and most of the time has people standing outside the building!
We waited in line a short while until we were called up to an available desk where we told them we were there to pick up a tax disc that never arrived in the post. I was given a number and instructed to go sit in the waiting area, but thankfully, due to the nature of the visit...there was one window operator who was only dealing with tax disc queries so I doubt we waited more than 5 minutes.
Once than was sorted Ryan and I were dropped off at home where I quickly got him some milk and up for a nap and Josie & David went on to take Matt's new disc to him at work.
We're so thankful to have such helpful and thoughtful people in our family! Thank you so much, Josie & David!!
After two and a half years in a long-distance relationship, I packed my life of 29 years into 21 boxes and moved to England to marry and be with my husband, Matt. Now I'm reveling in the youth of my 30s in Great Britain, supply-teaching in primary schools near Birmingham and enjoying newlywed life, being a mommy, and all the surprises they bring!