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Getting a new license

Post by Tdarcos » Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:11 am

I have a problem. I moved from Maryland to Virginia. Technically I'm supposed to get it changed over once I've been a resident of Virginia for 30 days. I am essentially bedridden, the only way I can go anywhere is on a stretcher. If I was still in Maryland this isn't a problem, licenses can be renewed by mail, in fact I renewed it by mail the last time it came up.

Now it's not a crisis; my license doesnt expire until 2022. So I called the VA DMV in Richmond and as I feared, they can't help me, I have to go into an office in person. So, it looks like I'm going to have to threaten them with an Americans With Disabilities Act lawsuit. I think writing a letter to the DMV's general counsel as soon as I find out whom they are might help. I've got nothing to lose.

In the interim I might have MD change my address but that may be unnecessary.
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Re: Getting a new license

Post by Billy Mays » Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:00 am

Have you tried asking the nursing home staff if they will take you to get your license?

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Post by Ice Cream Jonsey » Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:29 am

Hey pal! Is there any chance in the future you would be able to use your wheelchair again?
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Post by ChainGangGuy » Sun Jun 16, 2019 2:14 pm

Ice Cream Jonsey wrote:
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:29 am
Hey pal! Is there any chance in the future you would be able to use your wheelchair again?
I thought his wheelchair was removed because it had a few bugs that needed to be worked out.

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Post by Tdarcos » Sun Jun 16, 2019 2:59 pm

Billy Mays wrote:
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Have you tried asking the nursing home staff if they will take you to get your license?
I didn't think of that but I'm in a stretcher, Medicare will not pay for nonmedical trips. When I had to take an ambulance from the rehab place in Hyattsville, MD, six blocks from where I lived, to my sister's place in Arlington, VA, about 16-17 miles away, I had to pay for it. $639.00. Yes, they take credit cards.
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Post by Tdarcos » Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:03 pm

ChainGangGuy wrote:
Sun Jun 16, 2019 2:14 pm
Ice Cream Jonsey wrote:
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:29 am
Hey pal! Is there any chance in the future you would be able to use your wheelchair again?
I thought his wheelchair was removed because it had a few bugs that needed to be worked out.
With a bug bomb and the chair left behind any remaining bugs were killed both in my chair and in the room. I had to abandon the chair back at my place. When I moved I had to leave almost everything behind, and the landlord disposed of it.
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Re: Getting a new license

Post by Tdarcos » Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:05 pm

Ice Cream Jonsey wrote:
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:29 am
Hey pal! Is there any chance in the future you would be able to use your wheelchair again?
When you are in a nursing home, Medicare will not pay for a wheelchair. This is straight from Hoverround.
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Post by Tdarcos » Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:12 pm

I would have to arrange to be put in a manual wheelchair, then get someone to push me. Then use Metro Access to take me and the companion there and return. I'd have to get a family member, I can't expect them to have an employee spend the typical four hour wait at the DMV. And I don't know if I can sit in a chair that long before I start hurting.
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Re: Getting a new license

Post by AArdvark » Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:26 pm

How about power of attorney?

Oh wait, you need to get your picture taken again...

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Post by Tdarcos » Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:17 pm

AArdvark wrote:
Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:26 pm
How about power of attorney?

Oh wait, you need to get your picture taken again...

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For privacy reasons VA DMV will not allow another person access to your record. I suspect this is partly a reaction to 9/11 since the hijackers had Virginia licenses and ID.

This is an interstate transfer, I'm converting my MD license back to a VA license, like I had back in 2007. In 2009 I got a Maryland license back, and I think it had the same number I had in 1992.
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Post by Ice Cream Jonsey » Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:51 pm

How much would a replacement chair cost?
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Post by Tdarcos » Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:12 pm

Ice Cream Jonsey wrote:
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How much would a replacement chair cost?
Since Medicare won't pay for it, maybe five grand. The 20% contribution for chairs it will pay for that I had to come up with, was $1,000, which means the price is $5,000. At least I was allowed to pay in installments over 13 months the way Medicare does.
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Re: Getting a new license

Post by Billy Mays » Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:19 am

Why not look into one of those charities that offer new or refurbished chairs for free to uninsured people going through some hard times?

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Post by Tdarcos » Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:03 am

Billy Mays wrote:
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:19 am
Why not look into one of those charities that offer new or refurbished chairs for free to uninsured people going through some hard times?
That's not a bad idea but I probably won't use it that much. I can probably rent a power chair for 1 day for maybe 60 bucks, sort of like renting a car.


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Re: Getting a new license

Post by Billy Mays » Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:28 am

Just think of it like Flack's AK-47: It's better to have it and not need it then to need it and not have it. Plus, if you could score one for free why not?

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Post by Ice Cream Jonsey » Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:53 pm

Yeah, get us chairs as well, Commander!
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Re: Getting a new license

Post by Tdarcos » Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:00 pm

I mailed a letter to the Office of the General Counsel of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles in Richmond. I could not find out their name; DMV does a great job hiding internal info about itself. I'll give them another week, then maybe talk to a reporter with the Washington Post.
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