The Dept. of MakeUNDER Visionaries.


I finally had the pleasure of visiting my local DMV yesterday. 

During my drive, I thought to myself, “Okay, this is going to take several hours. Prepare yourself. Begin your calming exercises now. Think about nothing. Turn off the brain.” 

I have to gear up to have my time wasted. Not in a “I’m too important” kind of way, but simply in a “there is 1,000,000,000 things I’d rather be doing than going to the DMV” kind of way. 

But, nonetheless, there comes a time in everyones life where a small part of them needs to die at the DMV, and that time was yesterday.

Let’s start at the beginning.

I had a hair appointment yesterday afternoon to get my hair colored. On those days, I tend to let my hair air dry after applying a leave-in conditioner to give it a break and really let the leave-in conditioner work well. 

I drove home with wet hair, and it was nearly dry by time I arrived. I threw it back in a ponytail, and did some things around the house. 

Then I remembered that I haven’t updated my address yet on my drivers license (even though we moved months ago) so I planned on heading to the DMV. 

I thought, “Surely I won’t have to have my photo retaken because this is something that can be done online”. 

I know that you are thinking. Why didn’t you just do it online, Kate? Well, I lost the pin that I used 3 years ago and I couldn’t find a way to request a new one. Plus I thought, “What’s the harm in going to the DMV real quick?” Delirious, I know.

So, I check my face in the mirror. I’m wearing a few swipes of mascara, some under-eye concealer and made a honest attempt to cover up blemishes but was quite unsuccessful. (I tried a new BB cream that made me break out–the worst!) My hair was flat, in a ponytail and I was wearing my “Monday Clothes”. (Mondays are my days off when I clean the house, do laundry, etc.). 

I was a sight to behold.

So I head to the DMV. I prepare myself as mentioned above.

I was greeted by a bright and shiny personality at the desk. I’m serious, she was happy. I was floored. 

I take my number and wait. I have 3 people ahead of me. This will take. . .oh, I don’t know. . .about 6-7 hours I figure.

30 minutes later, my number is called. 

I walk back and am greeted with another joyful soul and I’m shocked once again. 

dared to think to myself “Well geez! This is going to smoothly! I’ll be out of here lickety-split!”

I hand her my license.

Old drivers license photo. Hair=large. 

We go through the changing of my address, the woman helping me tells me I look better blonde, and then she says ,”Okay, smiley time!!!”


I said, “WHAT!? I have to get another picture?” 

“Yep, head on over to the camera!”

My blood ran cold.

Okay, not really. But I did realize that this whole event was too good to be true. Of COURSE you would have to have your picture taken Kate! This is the worst you have ever looked! And that’s the goal of the DMV! 

Laughing to myself, I sit and wait for smiley time. The bright and shiny personality comes to take my picture, says she likes me better blonde, and clicks away.

I smile, mostly because I’m laughing at how ridiculous my photo is going to look, and tell the woman “Thanks!”.

I have to wait 15 days before I can lay my eyes on the beauty that will be the worst drivers license photo in history. 

But hey, at least I look better as a blonde. 

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  1. Rissy says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    hahaha oh Kate, I would show you my driver’s license pic but I don’t want you thinking I’m a troll.. Seriously, it’s BAD.

    I bet your picture will turn out to pleasantly surprise you just like the overall experience : )


    • Anonymous says
      Posted July 19, 2012

      its really bad now that you cannot smile and you have to look at the blue dot that you know is not where the lense is sooo you really are not even looking at the camera!! you also have to make sure both your eyebrows can be seen…i had to move my side bangs 3 times to get a pic that showed my eyebrows! How silly is all these rules!?!

    • Posted July 27, 2012

      I recently got married and happily went to the DMV (called the DDS here in GA) to get the license with my new name. Very little waiting, but no bright, shiny personalities either. I had to get my photo taken too (boo), and that’s where the horrors began.

      I blinked no fewer than FIVE times, which really irritated the DDS lady. Then, she finally got one that showed my eyeballs (red dots and all, I’m sure) when she said, “Oh, we have to retake that because your forehead doesn’t show!” Really, she didn’t notice the FULL BANGS that come to/below my brows (my hair dresser and I abhor eyebrow clearance) the first FIVE times???? And,btw, what is this obsession with foreheads/eyebrows now…have we had a rash of crimes committed by white women with tattooed foreheads? Do they thing that losers are now considerate enough to tattoo big L’s on their foreheads?

      So, she told me I’d have to push my bangs to the side. They’re long enough to cover my eyebrows but not to hook behind my ears, and I didn’t have a headband. I spent five minutes “swooping” my bangs over to the side, but they wouldn’t stay. She was getting really aggravated. Finally we got to a point where it was apparently sufficient, so she took the photo, and–miracle of miracles–I didn’t blink again.

      And then it came up on her screen and she started making faces. I asked her what the problem was, and she said “I don’t like that little piece of hair right THERE,” which referred to a section of my bangs that was sticking straight up because of all the abuse they’d received at her direction. But, I ask you (since you know she was looking at me the whole time) WHY DIDN’T SHE TELL ME THAT BEFORE SHE TOOK THE PHOTO??????

      And you know that I mentally run through this whole scenario in my head EVERY SINGLE TIME I HAVE TO PRESENT MY DRIVER’S LICENSE.

      I saw your new photo today, and I promise you, you look fabulous. Not just because you always do, but also relatively speaking. Believe me when I say it could be so much worse. πŸ™‚

      • dks64 says
        Posted August 13, 2015

        Oh my gosh, I just went through the drama of taking a DMV picture with bangs in Iowa. California doesn’t have that rule. My bangs are over my eyebrows, but not long enough to pull back without a clip. My new photo is the 2nd worst picture I’ve ever taken in my whole life. And that’s my new long term drivers license photos. Yay for Iowa stupidity. The lady was getting annoyed when I kept trying to get my bangs to part and go to the side, but they wouldn’t. Maybe they should put that rule in BOLD on the front of their site.

    • Posted August 15, 2012

      OMG! Your response was as funny as Kate’s blog post! I literally LOL’ed reading it! :))

  2. Christie says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    We just moved to MN. I have to go Friday to the dreaded DMV, dragging 2 little girls. They have to behave while I take a written test, I am 43, I know how to drive etc. I guess they don’t believe me.

  3. Ash says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    That’s hilarious… Though I would totally trade my half-way decent drivers license picture for a half-hour DMV wait! That qualifies as miraculous!

    And I’m sure you looked great πŸ™‚

  4. Posted July 18, 2012


    My guess is it will be the best driver’s license picture ever. It will prove that less is more. Besides you are so beautiful I can’t imagine you taking a bad photo! I hope you’ll keep us posted! πŸ™‚ PS I have to renew mine in October, I hope my experience is as pleasant as yours!

  5. Alissa says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    You seem like the type of person who would have a naturally fabulous drivers license photo!

    • Kate says
      Posted July 18, 2012

      Trust me. You’ll be singing a different tune when you see the new license. I just know it.

  6. Posted July 18, 2012

    hahaha love this. oh the DMV. the tales of the DMV. it’s never a dull moment!

  7. Ms Joy says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    I’m sure it will be fine! I too dread the DMV. Quick question: what BB cream did you have a bad experience with? I too have been thinking my Garnier BB Cream is to blame for my sudden bad skin but haven’t had any proof of anyone else having the same issue.

    Love your blog, found you through Pinterest and now you’re on my Favorites bar! πŸ™‚

    • Stephanie says
      Posted July 18, 2012

      Garnier’s BB Cream made me break out terribly too – especially in places where I NEVER break out!

  8. Amanda says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    The DMV just brings bad luck! I must say, though, that you handled it with way more grace than I would have!

  9. Posted July 18, 2012

    Usually when you think you look the worst it when your picture comes out the best. : )

    • Kate says
      Posted July 18, 2012

      Eek. I’m not sure about this one!

  10. Posted July 18, 2012

    Oh NOOOO – so sorry you had to have your picture retaken! That happened to me once but luckily they only put the new glorious picture on my ID card and not my license (SCORE!!!). Now I know to always go with full hair and stage makeup a la Broadway just in case a photo op presents itself. At least it was quick and everyone was nice, lol!

  11. Posted July 18, 2012

    Oh, the blur of tears through laughter that you have given me this morning! Didn’t you know? Murphy’s Law was created as a result of experience at the DMV!

    • Kate says
      Posted July 18, 2012


  12. Jess says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    My license picture is HORRIBLE. They made me take off my glasses (which I wear ALL the time) and my eyes crossed! I look like Sid the Sloth/Chunk from the Goonies. It’s horrible, absolutely horrible!

  13. Katie says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    Kate, I too have been in your boat. The worst part being, in Virginia…you can’t smile. So picture day old hair in a bun, and a toothless smile! I am sure it will look great!

  14. Lauren says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    I’d love to know what kind of BB cream you tried. I have been on the fence about whether to try one and I have no idea which one to choose.

  15. Summer says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    Those BB creams…I just don’t get the hype. SO far I’ve tried 2…one was a sample from Birchbox (Dr. Jart, I think??) and one a sample from Sephora (Too Faced). I’m prety sure they were both to blame for a breakout too. And the other thing…I can’t tell that they really do anything at all as far as coverage or evening out. They just make my face feel dirty and I always look so shiny and oily. (<—probably why I seem to break out when I give them a try.) I guess I just don’t get the appeal. I’ll stick to my separate primer, foundation, powder combo I guess. Also, I REALLY need a new DL pic…mine is sooooo old.

  16. Posted July 18, 2012

    Hi Kate! I use BB cream because I have SUPER sensitive skin but I only like the Asian ones. Yep, the skin 79 super bebelesh BB cream (its a pink bottle) is the bestest ever! Also, I live in Tn and the DMV here is like being tortured for hours on end. So, kinda glad its not just here! lol

  17. Sasha says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    My license expires this Dec and I am dreading having a new pic taken! The DMV is NO FUN!

  18. KiShepherd says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    Hahaha! I don’t know if it’s this way everywhere, but in Indiana we can’t show our teeth anymore in license pic……really?!?! That’s just ridiculous! My logic is that if I get pulled over I’m gonna give the officer a huge smile so it might as well match my license, right?? Well, I practiced my ‘non-smile’ in the days leading up to said pic….and I still ended up looking like a chipmunk with food in my cheeks…kinda a half smile pissed look! Horrible!

  19. Jes says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    Oh my goodness! You are rocking some big Dallas hair in that dl pic. I hope you post the new one!

  20. Kristen says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    At least you were allowed to smile! In Indiana, you can’t, and EVERYONE has a horrible photos. I feel your pain on the DMV in general though–I moved from Indiana to Illinois almost a year ago and still haven’t gotten a new license because they make people who are from different states take the driving test again–even when you are from the state right next door. I am not looking forward to experiencing the DMV in Chicago, that’s for sure–but hopefully Illinois still allows smiling!

    • Kate says
      Posted July 18, 2012

      You aren’t allowed to SMILE?! What in the world!

    • Jaime says
      Posted July 18, 2012

      It is terrible. I just went to have my address changed and when they told me I couldn’t smile I was floored. Everyone in Indiana has a terrible license photo- guaranteed. Your bangs can’t touch your eyebrows, either… which was a problem in itself for me.

      They told me it had something to do with cheekbone movement and eyebrow movement when smiling and face recognition programs. No idea.

    • Posted July 18, 2012

      I went to school in Indiana and always heard that you can’t smile on your photo! One of the reasons I never switched my license from Illinois to Indiana. Luckily when I moved to OK I didn’t have to retake the driving test though!

    • Kinity says
      Posted July 18, 2012

      It’s sad and true! I live in Indiana as well and look like a serial killer in mine! I couldn’t smile, and I was kinda ticked about even needing a new one when my current one had not expired, and I was blindsided on an errand day like yourself, so I was even less happy.
      They gave me a printout of mine, and send the original in the mail, so I knew from the get-go what a hot mess I was. I am not a big drinker, but now I don’t even order a cocktail, ever, because I don’t want to have to be carded and show that thing!

    • Unknown says
      Posted July 18, 2012

      Here in Iowa we ALL look like we are going to kill someone! we aren’t allowed to smile either! I haven’t had to renew my license in years so I will be in for a shock in February when I have to go to the sad place and NOT smile for my picture. I feel your pain Kate! What’s the use of looking great if you can’t even smile!

    • Ashlee says
      Posted July 18, 2012

      When I got married, I had to get a new card, and they didn’t let me smile! I was so mad cuz my first card pic was so cute! Now I look mad and murderous! :/ I live in Oregon, so it’s not just Indiana!

    • Posted July 18, 2012

      Yes! When we moved to Indiana and I had to change over my license I was surprised to find out I couldn’t smile for the license. I think just about everyone’s here in Indiana looks like a mug shot. LOL

  21. Posted July 18, 2012

    Your hair in the old license?!?!?! That is TRUE HAIR DRESSER HAIR RIGHT THERE MY LADY! BIG BIG BIG! TOO FUNNY! You BETTER post that new drivers license. I’m betting it looks fabulous. Because I’ve YET to see a picture where you look bad!

    Glad it wasn’t too painful. I have to do the same thing SOON- mine’s expired AND I have the wrong address on it…but I keep putting it off. Hopefully it’ll be as fast as yours!

  22. Traci says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    LOL Please post the new one when it arrives!! πŸ™‚

    • Kate says
      Posted July 18, 2012

      I totally will, don’t worry!

  23. Sarah says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    I had a very similar experience at the DMV here in Nebraska in April. Except I’m a blinker and she didn’t tell me when she was going to take my picture. My eyes are half-closed and it looks like I’m high on something…

  24. kelly says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    I learned the hard way in similar experience at the DMV. Now, I always go in well equipped πŸ™‚

  25. Amanda says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    My worst picture was 3 months after having my daughter and my face was still very distorted since I gained a lot of weight with her. After waiting an hour the lady snaps the picture and gives me a weird face and says I look scary then says I never take 2 pictures but in this case I will. Oh my goodness it must have been bad. Then she takes the second and I get my Temporary picture I look like a monster with my face distorted. After I lost all my baby weight plus some extra I got a new liscence picture and it looked great best one yet! Oh and at that DMV there is only like 3 people ever there so I was done in 15 minutes.

  26. Posted July 18, 2012

    OHMYGOD I am dying over your old license picture! You look like a news anchor with all that hair πŸ™‚ Hubs has an awesome passport photo from the 80’s where he looks like the unibomber.

  27. Christine says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    I’m glad at least you had a quick trip!

    My worst ever was when I realized my license had expired as I was at the drugstore with my 18-month-old triplets trying to buy infant cold medicine for them (this was when you were still allowed to give cold medicine to infants) after being up most of the night with them due to said colds. So I took three snotty crabby babies to the DMV to get it renewed because the drug store wouldn’t let me buy the cold medicine (it had pseudophedrine in it) with an expired license. Just imagine no makeup, no shower, hair in ponytail, bags under eyes. Lovely. But on the bright side, that picture always turns out awful. At least this time I had a good excuse!

  28. Posted July 18, 2012

    Haha, similar experience happened to me!

  29. Posted July 18, 2012

    I really needed to smile today, and that made me laugh!!!!! so thank you for sharing that!

    so shocked you were that dark!!!

    • Kate says
      Posted July 18, 2012

      Me too a little bit. πŸ™‚

  30. Posted July 18, 2012

    Eh, I always think those cameras are sort of helpful because it never looks super clear. Makes the skin blend better. That being said I look pretty good on my driver’s license (no big deal πŸ˜‰ ). My passport is horrific, but hopefully by the time I need it again, I’ll get a new picture (and go Broadway ready, as someone else dubbed it).

    I’m using Dr. Jart’s BB cream and I like it. I don’t think I’m super oily (I do usually put on some powder though). I haven’t broken out and I like the fact that it’s all I need on my skin. Feels lighter than my normal routine of moisturizer, primer, foundation, and powder.

  31. Rach says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    I feel your pain! Ugh, I was supposed to pick up a FedEx package one afternoon and was told “the address on your ID MUST match the address on the package.” We had JUST moved, so before I went to FedEx, I stopped by the tag agency to update my address. I was devastated when they told me I had to take a new picture. My current ID was from right after I got married. I was still super tan from the honeymoon, and super thin from losing weight for the wedding. Let’s face it…I looked good. πŸ™‚ After all of the hassle updating my license, those little snots at FedEx never even asked for proof that I was who I said I was. UGH.

  32. Posted July 18, 2012

    I had always taken nice ID photos until my most recent TX license. It was POURING when I parked and ran in, and of course while waiting an hour my hair poofed into a frizzy mess. lol

  33. Colleen says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    I have the same photo from when I first got my license when I was 16. It is a horrible (and I mean horrible) picture! In the picture I am looking out of the corners of my eyes. I wasn’t looking at the camera because my dad called my name right as they took the photo. I should probably get a new photo, but I don’t want to sit at the DMV haha.

  34. Posted July 18, 2012

    This is quite funny! What is it about the DMV? I NEVER have had a happy person AND it always takes an hour – at least!

    Glad you had a great experience and I bet your photo looks great!

  35. Lauren says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    Haha I had a similar experience which led to a photo of me with a messy bun and sunglasses on my head.

  36. Posted July 18, 2012

    When I moved to Oklahoma (3 years ago now) I needed to get my license switched from Illinois. Here in OK we have the Dept. of Public Safety and something called a Tag Agency. Its basically just a mess because the DPS always wants you to go the Tag Agency and the Tag Agency always refers you back to the DPS…its a disaster. At any rate, I called ahead and was assured I needed to go to the DPS because I needed documents from them before the Tag Agency could print me a new license. I showed up when they opened. Waited in line for 3 hours only for the horribly rude man behind the counter to tell me he thought my birth certificate was fake. He called to the state headquarters and an “official” had to come down. The “official” also agreed that my birth certificate was fake. It took several calls to the Illinois State Secretary to verify that my birth certificate was indeed real and no, I didn’t print it on my home printer. I spent the entire day at DPS and was completely embarrassed. To top it off for some reason I decided to try doing my hair curly for the first time in forever that day…my drivers license picture makes me look like a spitting image of Shirley Temple now…

    Thanks for sharing your great DMV story!!

  37. Ashley says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    Kate you are so naturally pretty I’m sure it will look great!

  38. Amy says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    Kate- Im sure you will look great!

  39. Posted July 18, 2012

    oh my gosh! I sat at our DMV yesterday too! But I was there from 9:15 until 3:30. I was very thankful that I had taken a good book to read and the man sitting next to me ended up giving me his number which bumped me forward 10 numbers in line!

  40. Christy says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    Love this funny story you posted! I was shocked to see you had dark hair!! my driver license picture still look terrible and it is about 10 years old picture! When we moved I updating the address on their online without replacing license since our new address is in their system. Mine not expired until 2013 I think. That is probably time to replace picture! Eek. Im sure your picture will be fine.

  41. Posted July 18, 2012

    oh I have been there before! think greasy hair, pinned back on the sides with barrettes, and no make-up because I’d been cleaning all day and FORGOTTEN that it was the last day to renew my license. I was so startled they wanted my picture taken, that my smile looks more like I was accidentally farting than trying to strike a pose for the DMV!

  42. Posted July 18, 2012

    You perfectly described a typical DMV experience! I saw someone posted above that you can’t smile in Indiana. You can’t smile in Iowa either… that really takes away the last amount of hope one has for a good picture.

  43. {Emily} says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    This totally happened to me when we moved! I went to the DMV unshowered and in a hooded sweatshirt with no makeup. It was not pretty when the sweet DMV informed me that I needed to have my photo retaken. My hubby got quite the kick out of it!

  44. AshleaD says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    I have also had the “Oh gosh- you aren’t really going to make me have my photo taken are you?” moments at the DMV. After I got married, I went in to get my name changed. I woke up at 7 am on a Saturday, because it will take 10 hours at the DMV, so I had to get there early. I was in sweats, wearing glasses, and NO make up, with REALLY bad hair. It is the worst driver’s license photo in history. Seriously. I can’t wait til it expires and I need a new photo. πŸ™‚

  45. sherry says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    I did the same thing a few weeks ago! i went for and enhanced license ( which is now needed here in NY to get into canada if you do not have a passport) and like you I’m a hair stylist and had “Monday hair” in a pony tail with my bangs pulled back! yuk…so with my light blonde hair and the hologram over it i look bald in the photo!!! My husband and i did however had a good laugh when it came in the mail πŸ™‚

  46. Laura says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    Here in WI they will usually re-use your old photo unless it’s close to expiring. I had to get a duplicate license two years ago when I lose my DL on Opening Day of Brewer’s season and they re-used my photo. When I went in after I got married (6 months after, in fact) to change my name and address, I went in prepared.

    And I have to say, I love you as a blonde more than brunette.


  47. Aime says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    please tell me you will share this driver’s license photo with us when you get it. πŸ™‚

  48. Posted July 18, 2012

    You know that you will be required to post that photo once you get it now right? I admit as look great blonde!

  49. Posted July 18, 2012

    I was super shocked to find helpful, cheerful people at the post office recently. That’s never happened before! I hope that picture turns out better than expected πŸ™‚

  50. Posted July 18, 2012

    Same thing happened to me…..and I am now stuck with a picture that looks like “dog the bounty hunter” I look like his twin sister and its sad/funny. blech.

    good luck!

  51. Kathy says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    Can’t smile in Virginia for our lovely DMV pictures! Plus mine always comes due in February at my birthday in the dead of winter…can you say pale?!

    Now you know that you really have to post the pic when it comes, right? πŸ™‚ I really enjoy your blog!

  52. Brooke says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    I did the same thing right Fter I got married. I was SO excited to go change my name on my license, that I didn’t even think about getting my photo taken. I went in with a ponytail and NO make up. Thankfully it didn’t turn out too bad. πŸ™‚

  53. Angie says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    OMG Kate I seriously JUST got back from the DMV an hour ago and read your post. I’m sure you will look beautiful. The lady made me take my pic twice because I was talking during the first one. Nice move. πŸ™‚

    Love the blog!

  54. Anonymous says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    funny story…and yes, blonde is better…lol

  55. Posted July 18, 2012

    LOL! Don’t sweat the small things, Kate! :0) I’m sure you’ll look just fine! Besides, having had the worst picture of my LIFE taken three driver’s licenses ago in which I looked like a mugger/druggie/convict (I kid you NOT), I can assure you, nobody even cares when they look at it!

  56. Bonnie says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    I haven’t been impressed with the two BB cream I’ve tried either. Not much benefit and my face felt so heavy and was an oil slick.

  57. Posted July 18, 2012

    Ugh that is the worst- That happened to me!

  58. Posted July 18, 2012

    Awwww, I am sure you will look lovely, you are very photogenic!

  59. Posted July 18, 2012

    Ha I had the same thing happen to me — at 7am, wearing a sweatshirt under a winter coat and hair in a gym-style ponytail. I’ve only got 2 more years til it expires!

  60. Kristen says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    I’m sure you look great, as always πŸ™‚ And I love your blonde hair too! If I lived where you are I would hope you could be my hairstylist πŸ™‚
    Now my driver license is horrible! I seriously look topless!! I was wearing a strapless dress, yes dumb idea thinking about it after the fact but I tried to pull the dress as high as I could and it was like the lady tilted the camera up even more! LOL Oh well πŸ™‚

  61. Posted July 18, 2012

    I like your blonde hair, too.
    My old DL photo was taken shortly after my wedding, at my lightest weight in years, etc. I’m all dressed up for my job, etc.
    Flash back to a couple of years ago when I needed to renew my license. I was literally 9 months pregnant and at my heaviest weight ever. (my son was born 4 days later) It was the end of August in FLorida, so it was HOT 24/7 and I was just melting. I look like I startled cow.

  62. Posted July 18, 2012

    If you’re willing to fork over the money, where I live in Wisconsin if you “lose” your license and need one reprinted, you can talk the people at the desk into a new photo. Just explain that you look so much different now…I think it’s $4 with no changes, around $24 with changes.

  63. Anonymous says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    I renewed by driver’s license in CA last summer. I had an appt, had all my paper work done, properly filled out. I thought that I would be in and out. I then had to take a new picture, I waited in line for the better part of an hour as they only had one camera person there taking pictures. Finally when it is my turn, she tells me not to smile. I got my new DL a week later and had to laugh as I looked so completely pissed off. Oh, good times at the DMV.

    Kate, love your post. I feel less hair envy now as I watch your hair tutorials. Thanks!

  64. Brooke says
    Posted July 18, 2012

    You look so glamorous as a blonde. In fact after following your blog for the last few months you have inspired me to take more effort in styling my hair and go blonde again. So thank you!! Also I’m in Australia and we get our licenses at the RTA and there is absolutely no smiling or hair falling around your face allowed. You have to look blankly ahead and hope for the best. And you only get one chance. So there have been many ugly license photos for me. I hope yours is better!

  65. Posted July 18, 2012

    My last DMV experience wasn’t terrible either! I left less irritated than when I went in!

  66. Posted July 18, 2012

    I am going to have to request to see your new drivers license photo….

    PLEASE OH PLEASE post this online. haha, love this story. You made me laugh and let’s looks on the bright side- you didn’t have to wait 5 hours at the DMV. πŸ™‚

    Lindsay @

  67. Posted July 19, 2012

    Haven’t commented before, but really enjoy your blog. Funny thing is, I went to my own North Carolina DMV yesterday to renew my own license! I did know that I would be taking the picture, so I did what I could; but even then, you just never know. πŸ™‚

  68. BSB says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    I bet your picture looks great! Random tip–most NC DMV offices let you make an appointment now, which makes it much easier and quicker.

  69. Tammi says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    Ugh the Wake County DMV is the worst!! I remember when I moved here 6 years ago and had to register my car then get my new license. I think I will be renewing online when the time comes!

  70. Anonymous says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    The last time I renewed my license it was a relatively short line and I was fortunate enough to be behind a young girl who was getting her very first license. Clearly she practiced her pose in the mirror with a big smile, and was thrown off by the ‘no teeth smile rule’ so by the sixth picture (you see in PA we have digital photos) the poor thing was almost in tears! I told her to take a poll and see which photo won, everyone in line participated and she was happy with the outcome. She skipped away with her shiny new license. I however had wasted the majority of my lunch hour and rushed through my turn…. my hair is still in motion from standing, my expression is one of pure distain, at least I’m looking forward. 4 years isn’t that long, right?

    Regarding the BB makeup, I have dry sensitive skin, and have been told this would be an excellent product to try but I could really use some advice on brands. Thanks, K

  71. Anonymous says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    This story is hilarious! I once went to the DMV to renew and also didn’t know I would be getting my picture taken. I had my baby with me and no stroller to put her in so I just held her as low as I could while the lady snapped my pic. When my license came you could see the top of my baby girls head in the pic. It always mad me laugh to look at it!

  72. Posted July 19, 2012

    I loved your story! So true! I begged to keep my old photo, but they took it with a wet head pony, just like you mentioned. Oh, it’s almost unrecognizable. She told me to come back when and they’d do it again another time, too. :-/

  73. Posted July 19, 2012

    Thank you so much for your story….I totally forgot that I got a reminder that my license is about to expire and I have to renew it in person. If not for reading your post, I may be driving with an expired license in a couple of weeks.

    I am hoping they will take a new picture for me since the last picture was taken about 10 years ago.


  74. Posted July 19, 2012

    This story made me laugh! At least all the people were cheerful so you didn’t have that on top of not feeling ready for a photo. I’m sure you looked great anyway πŸ™‚

  75. NickiL says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    I feel your pain. My last DMV photo was terrible. I knew I couldn’t stand to keep it 8 years. I felt a little vain, but I went back, paid $8 for a new one and have a much better picture that I won’t be embarassed to show for the next 8 years. But I did get to keep the bad one, which I use when I go for a run or bikeride.

  76. Karrie says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    Yeah, we’re going to see that picture, right?! πŸ™‚ No worries – I’m sure you looked fantastic! At least they were nice and it didn’t take as long. I guess that’s the trade-off, right?

  77. Cheryl says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    The very same thing happened to me. Very bad hair day. Very bad.

  78. Janice says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    I am sure it is not that bad. You are one of those natural beauties. πŸ™‚ I had my worst – I SAY worst photo for my EPIC 21st birthday renewal … I looked like my brother … and it stayed that way for 3 years, until I got married. Lesson learned … get up and do the makeup and hair thing for the ladies/gents at the DMV.

  79. Ashlee says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    I must ask, why do you have to wait 15 days to get your license? When I go to the DMV they just hand me my new license right there.

  80. Anonymous says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    The SAME thing happened to me, kate!! I went in for an address change with wet hair and they made me get my picture taken again too…Except for mine i was suuuper pregnant and my face was so swollen; add no makeup and wet hair…oh boy. I cried the whole way home! God sure has ways of breaking us and reminding us of what is really important in this life…now I just laugh when I get carded as they stare at the picture. Love your blog, thanks for the laugh today : )-Beth

  81. Anonymous says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    You made my day!!! We don’t have a DMV in Holland we just go to cityhall and it takes like one hour. But the rules for the picture here are horrible, no glasses, no smile, no bangs over your eyebrows, ears must be seen at al time in the picture so no hair over your ears…..Even with a cute updo and make-up it always will be a horrible picture.

  82. Posted July 19, 2012

    Hahaha! That’s hilarious! Same thing happened with my passport… except I was trying to look good and took forever to prepare for the photo.. and it was TERRIBLE. So so so embarrassing!!

    xoxo Vanessa @ He Says Newcastle

  83. Bec says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    At least you get to smile in your photos!! Here in Iowa we aren’t allowed to smile (not even a smirk) and they don’t like hair on/near your face…so no bangs! And for those of us who have had bangs for…oh…all our lives…not cool.

    Its like a mug shot!!!

  84. Posted July 19, 2012

    True story… same exact scenario except I was changing my name on my license after I got married. Well I was DETERMINED to not wait all day and be the first one in line when the doors opened. So I literally rolled out of bed, hair in bun, NorthFace jacket zipped up over my pajamas, tennis shoes, out the door. And I was the first one in line. So I hand the lady my marriage certificate, everything is great, and she tells me to move over to the line for my picture, and I panic, and try to talk her out of it, but no. Of course I had no idea that I would need a new picture for a name change. Well, before she snaps the picture, she says, “Do you know you have some white stuff all over your face?” ZIT CREAM. I didn’t look in the mirror before I left the house and my face is covered in Clearasil. So, yeah, that wasn’t my best moment. πŸ™‚

  85. Sarah O says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    Yep, very weird you have to wait 15 days. And I’m sure you still look great! Are you going to post it for our amusement? πŸ™‚

  86. Lee Ann says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    Thanks for the reminder. I have to renew my license this month. In Ohio you need to renew every 4 years on your birthday. I can’t believe that you wait 15 days for it. We wait a couple of minutes, then they hand it to you and you’re on your way. Thank goodness I live in small town; I’ve never had to wait more than 10 minutes at the DMV.

  87. Posted July 19, 2012

    You are not alone! The same thing happened to me when I went to change my name on my license after I got married. I clearly wasn’t thinking! Needless to say I am now stuck with the worst picture ever. My sisters and I plan to “lose” our licenses so we can get new pictures taken πŸ™‚

  88. Posted July 19, 2012

    When I went in to update my license with my name change and address change after I got married, I thought to myself, there is no way they will take another picture. I got a picture taken a year ago. WELLLLLL apparently a name change means you are a new person with a new picture. I had worked out in the morning, and hadn’t showered, so my hair was in a frizzy ponytail and I wasn’t wearing makeup. It was and is awful.

  89. Tiffany Wilkerson says
    Posted July 19, 2012

    That’s hilarious—and totally sounds like something that would happen to me—mine was almost as bad.. Mine was after working a 12 hour night shift in a hospital…. I should have just stamped on my forehead “exhausted”… and another plus for you—at least you didn’t have to wait long πŸ™‚ Always a bright and shiny side…

  90. Posted July 20, 2012

    LOL okay I am dying over here. I’m sorry, lol. You’re just really funny. But I totally get it — it always happens like that. It just does.

  91. Dana says
    Posted July 21, 2012

    Aw, no pic of the new pic? But you DO look better as a blonde! πŸ™‚

    And apparently the stereotype of southern friendliness is true, even at the good old DMV. I don’t think we can claim the same in Iowa! I am due to update my license when in expires in November. Definitely NOT looking forward to that experience!

  92. Helen says
    Posted July 21, 2012

    i think this is the link you were looking for?

    haha I JUST changed my address on my license online a few weeks ago. NC DMVs are the WORST.

  93. Posted July 23, 2012

    What BB cream did you have problems with? I have been wanting to try one but haven’t been able to decide which one.

    • Posted July 23, 2012

      i definitely don’t want to add a break out when BB cream is supposed to cover it. lol

  94. Deb says
    Posted July 23, 2012

    Oh my gosh, Kate. I love this story!

  95. Chris says
    Posted July 24, 2012

    Love it! Now tell us all what what BB Cream you were using πŸ™‚ paleease!! I was just about to go out and get some, but I have a pretty good complextion and do not need a break out!

    • Chris says
      Posted July 24, 2012

      whoops, there’s an extra *what* in there-I guess I was getting excited! hehe

  96. angie.a says
    Posted September 9, 2012

    The last time I went to have mine done (you have to take a new pic with every renewal in OK) it was seriously the best picture I’ve ever taken. Bar none. It was like the angels sang on my face.

    And the computerized face recognition system wouldn’t accept it. !#@$ When the lady said, sorry we’ll have to take another one I said “But that’s such a fabulous picture of me!” and she said “Well it must look nothing like you.”

    FML. ha.

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