“This letter will authorize you to make application for a driver license and the return of registration privileges. As of this date, you are no longer under revocation, suspension or cancellation in this state. We assume this authorization will be honored in any state in which you reside, provided compliance is made with the requirements of that state.”

Post subtitled: Suck it, Tennessee.

Today ends a legal battle of 28 days between the state of West Virginia, the state of Tennessee, an insurance company and us.

To give you the Reader’s Digest version, on March 21, B got pulled over on Interstate 77 for basically “DWT” — or “Driving While Tennessee.” It was really funny when he got pulled over because less than two minutes before I said, “They’re totally gonna pull you over because you have Tennessee plates.”

Man, I get sick of being right sometimes.

Anyway, as B got himself ushered into the back of a fine, standard-issue West Virginia State Police cruiser, he learned that he’d been driving on a revoked license for two years. TWO years. A man whose entire job in Tennessee was driving around … had been driving quite proficiently … for two years … on a revoked license.

Let that one soak in.

Basically, a clerical error and a paperwork screw up by The Volunteer State rendered him pretty useless in a “designated driver” capacity. The last four weeks have found the both of us in various states of angst on the phone with every state agency related to cars and driving that you can possibly think of trying to get this worked out.

Oh, and we were facing a legal deadline of April 21 in West Virginia.

Nothing like cuttin’ that one close.

But it’s over … one trip to keepin’ it real magistrate court and the even-more keepin’ it real regional office of the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles and he’s totally set. The relief that we both feel is tremendous. Having this hang over our heads like it was sucked. It was just always there … like a persistent toothache or a piece of aluminum foil stuck in your filling.

And I’m just gonna make him drive us around town. Wherever I want to go. For as long as I want.


2 Responses to “Freeeeedom!!!!”

  1. 1 Joe
    April 17, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Reason #376 why I don’t live in the South.

  2. April 17, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Tennessee was nearly impossible to deal with. A true case of the right hand having no idea what the left hand was up to.

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