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Another day in Montevideo

Posted by urufish on June 13, 2007


Today began early for me.   In this new life, I dont usually get out of bed until just before nine.. But today my daughter and I had an appointment with the dentist at 10am..  That meant an 8am shower for me, and pleading and begging and finally, a more than gentle nudge to get my 19 year old functioning. 

During breakfast, our cleaning lady came in (Mon-Wed-Fri), and then a friend called my wife to say they spoke with the Maldonado driver’s license office and we could go to there tomorrow to get our drivers licenses.  I hope to get mine too.   Here’s what an official translation of a driver’s license looks like. 

 drivers-license-xlation-medium.jpg drivers-license-photocopy-medium.jpg

Notice the stamp at the bottom.  Without that stamp, the document is not official and no government agency will accept it.  Cost for each document was just over $700, plus the stamp $70, plus IVA 23%.    I’m not sure if that was an opportunistic fee because we needed it done right away.  Perhaps that’s the fee for ‘urgent’ transcripts.  Total fees, just under $2000

The dentist checked out the two of us and sent me for x-rays because I was a new patient.  A full set of dental x-rays cost $500.   The dentist doesn’t charge for the first, exploratory visit.  While at the radiologist, people were talking about the ‘cyclone’ coming on Friday.  Read all about this at http://uruguaydreaming.com/2007/06/13/wind-and-rain/.    Our house sits on top of San Antonio in Piriapolis, in Maldonado which is supposed to get the worst of it.  Tomorrow, on our way to the driver license office, we’ll stop by the house and batten the hatches.  There was some terrible destruction in Piriapolis last time we had a freak windstorm.  No one is looking forward to a repeat performance. 

Looks like tomorrow will be an over-budget day too. 


4 Responses to “Another day in Montevideo”

  1. Brazzie said

    How did you know that you needed to have your driver’s license translated?

    I am curious to know whether they will require a proof of address in Maldonado. Keep us posted.

  2. urufish said

    The specific instructions we got today was
    a) bring official xlation of our foreign drivers license.
    b) bring photocopies of our cedulas

    I sure hope they dont ask for anything else when we get there… but just in case, I’ll bring everything we can possibly think of.. it’s always good to have everything possible here when you go to a government office… learned that many times over at immigration.

  3. Tyler said

    You blanked out your year of birth, but it is encoded in your driver’s license number. You were born in 1947.

  4. urufish said

    You got me Tyler. Blanking out the year was a vanity thing. Picked up the habit from my wife 🙂

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