I was recounting an incident that happened to me several years back to a friend. While the issue is "resolved," I never learned of the proper, legal way to resolve the issue. I am curious if someone out there knows what should have been done.
I was in the process of purchasing a house, which of course takes time. Before I was finished purchasing and taking possession of the house, the lease on my apartment was expiring. Rather than renting the apartment on a month-to-month lease, which was extremely expensive, I decided to move into an extended stay hotel for a couple of months. I moved into the hotel and subsequently changed my mailing address on the United Stated Post Office website to the hotel's address and room number.
While living in the hotel, I received a letter from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles notifying me that my driver's license was expiring after 7 years and needed to be renewed. No big deal, I will just go online and renew it on Virginia's DMV website. However, the DMV website would not let me renew. I kept receiving an error that the address I entered was invalid. I called the DMV and explained the situation, but got nowhere. I was told to go into the DMV and talk to them in person. So that's what I did. However, the DMV had no idea what to do in this situation. Here were the issues:
- I could not use the hotel as my place of residence, as the DMV does not accept hotels as legal residences
- I could not use my previous apartment, as I was no longer a legal resident
- I could not use the address of the house I was purchasing, as I had not yet become a legal resident
- I could not rent and use a USPS post office box, as the DMV does not allow PO boxes as legal residences
One DMV worker suggested I just let my license expire and get a new one after I moved. That could have worked, if I wasn't in need of a valid driver's license for the following reasons:
- I needed a valid driver's license to rent a moving truck
- I needed a valid driver's license to drive the moving truck
The worker's at the DMV offered me no viable solution whatsoever. They said they would get back to me. Of course, they never did.
I had to renew my license. I made a genuine and sincere effort to solve this dilemma legally and properly. I reached out to the DMV repeatedly by phone and in person and was not given a solution. With no options or time left, I ended up with no choice but fibbing on the DMV website. I rented a PO box from a shipping and mailing businesses that let you use their mailing address for your mail, so it appears as if you have a legitimate business address, not just a PO box. Fortunately, the DMV website allowed me to use that address. Of course, I changed my address to my house after I moved in. So everything is taken care of now.
I am genuinely curious, as to what I could of or should have done. The DMV which was supposed to help me with this situation, provided me with no viable answers. Was there anything I could have or should have done in this situation? I doubt I am the first person that this particular set of circumstances has happened to, but I suppose it is possible.