Why I Was Pulled Over and Arrested (Except Not Arrested)
On my way home last night, I had what my mom once explained was "the chance to meet a very nice Officer." I wasn't arrested, but I was pulled over, and I am guilty. Here's what happened.
What did I do? I had let my tabs lapse, and I wanted to give you the warning so you don't make the same mistake. A couple factors meant that I didn't get my renewal card in the mail, and it slipped my mind until recently.
One of the best things about the registration/tabs/tags (how many different ways to describe it are there) process in Idaho is that we can opt to renew for multiple years. I've lived in a number of states, and haven't had that perk before.
I love it. That's what I had opted to do was to renew for two years. That's factor number one.
Unfortunately, I did so just before moving out of the house I had shared with my son's mom just before we separated and divorced. That is factor number two.
Since I didn't have to renew the first year after (and knew not to worry), I didn't even think about not seeing something or the fact that my address might be wrong. By the time the second year went by, I had completely forgotten about it.
I noticed a few months ago that my license plate seemed to be the only one with a blue sticker, and asked some friends if it seemed I was overdue. There wasn't a lot of consensus or understanding, but I realized I needed to investigate.
I went online and found the place to renew. I was frustrated to find it required the renewal card and a code. I didn't have that, so it seemed I couldn't renew online. (spoiler: I missed the small spot on the website to do without card code). I called and asked someone at one of the Licensing offices, and was under the impression it couldn't be done without visiting the office.
I planned to this week. The Trooper got to me first.
I was fortunate, the Trooper who pulled me over was understanding and gave me a warning, and last night, thanks to some friends who are smarter than me, I renewed online. Even without my renewal card.
Wanted to remind you to check your address and to know you can, in fact, renew online.