Like the good and legal Citizen I try to be, I visited our local drivers' license bureau on October 9. My two drivers' licenses, car and motorcycle, were due to expire on October 10.
The procedure for renewing, while archaic to the nth degree, was not unpleasant at all. Friendly staff and nice service. She even slowed down while explaining things to me or asking questions. I really appreciate it when Spanish speaking people dummy down for me! The best part? I have never been required to take a driving or written test for either the original or the renewal.
As an aside, I think Mexico has one of the best things ever on drivers' licenses. They actually print your blood type on them. Great in an accident.
After I paid the appropriate fees to get both licenses renewed for two more years, I was told that they do not have any of the plastic cards for licenses. Echos of "No Hay" bounced in my head. But she did type a temporary license for me that was valid for seven days. That should be long enough for them to get a shipment of blank plastic cards in.
Fast forward the seven days. I return and am told the cards have not arrived yet. No big deal as I have the temporary permit. But, I point out to her, that has expired also and I certainly do not want to get into trouble with the Transito police for having no license. She was not pleased to have to do the work, but she typed me out another one. This one good for 10 days!
Fast forward 10 days, or until yesterday. Can you imagine my shock, my absolute total shock, when she proudly announced that the blank cards had arrived! While I was busy smiling at the thought of actually getting my licenses and not having to return there again, I almost missed what she said next. Unfortunately, they do not have ink to actually print the licences. But it has been ordered!
I am now the proud owner of another typed temporary license. Valid for 15 days.