Noah turned 30 last November.
Amazingly enough, he went into the DMV and renewed his license 5 days BEFORE his birthday. He came home and told me it was taken care of. He tucked the clipped license and the folded yellow paperwork into his wallet and promptly forgot about the whole thing.
Until Friday morning.
On Friday morning on his way to work he got pulled over.
"No big deal," the officer said, "I am not even going to give you a fix it. I just wanted to let you know that you have a tail light out. Most people don't know and it can become so dangerous if you lose the other one. Just let me check your license and insurance and you will be on your way in 2 minutes."
She comes back a minute later.
"Sir. Your license is expired."
"Oh, sorry officer. See the corner is clipped. Here is my paperwork."
3 car pile up two lanes away.
"I'll be right back" says the officer.
She comes back after getting the accident people off the road.
"I'd look into that. Your paperwork seems to be in order, but your renewel isn't in the computer. Have a good day."
Thank goodness for the wreck.
So Noah looks into it.
His license is "pending" and is valid only in our state until it gets unpended.
3 phone calls later he finds out that he failed to provide proof of insurance during an accident in Indiana in 2006.
Only he was never in an accident in Indiana in 2006.
The lady at Indiana's BMV said just to fax over proof of insurance during that time period and it would be unflagged in 7-10 days. Then when it is unflagged we can alert the DMV that the flag is gone so they can finish processing the license.
So we are faxing over the proof of insurance.
But we are still curious. We were in Indiana that weekend for a wedding.
There is no record of an accident on our insurance or in our minds.
We KNOW we didn't get a ticket. We would remember paying it.
I have a vague memory of getting pulled over...but what for? And why didn't we get a ticket? Especially if we didn't have insurance paperwork?
We are also wondering why the state doesn't alert people that their license has been flagged. Obviously, he should have remembered and followed up before this, but it would have been handy to have been informed that there was a problem.
I suppose we will never have the answers to these burning questions.
Unless my sister with the amazing memory remembers something about this?