Thursday, November 03, 2005


We're obviously still in the honeymoon stage, but I'd like to mention how brilliantly efficient car registration is in France. The Sous Prefecture in nearby Bayonne is in a beautiful building with large windows, high ceilings, murals, and plentiful seating. From a "now serving" number machine in the waiting area we had three choices: Registration (carte grise), Driver's license (Permis de conduire), Passport (Carte Identité). Rather than having one sequence of numbers for all services, the number was different depending on which process we chose. The machine spit out a slip of paper that, along with this number, indicated the estimated wait and how many people were ahead of us. We then waited for our numbers to appear on the large screen on the wall in center of the waiting area. Once our number came up and we met with the woman, we were registered, paid and were out of there in about 10 minutes. Take that DMV.

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