I'm pleased to report that we have another driver in the house! Well, sorta.
Older Daughter (who just turned 18) went in this morning and took the written exam to get her Driver's Permit -- and passed 100%.
I realize 18 is old (by American standards) to get a driver's permit, but weirdly enough the fact that she was homeschooled threw the licensing department off. I don't know why, since there are homeschoolers all over this county, but there you go.
In fact back when she was 16, I called up the licensing department for our county, and the conversation went something like this:
Me: "I have a 16 year old homeschooled daughter who would like to get her driving permit. What do we need to do?"
Them: [The licensing department outlined the requirements, i.e. driver's ed, driver's training, minimum number of hours behind the wheel, etc.] "And she'll need proper documentation."
Me: "What kind of documentation?"
Them: "She'll need her social security card..."
Me: "No problem."
Them: "...and her birth certification..."
"Me: "No problem."
Them: "And a form of photo ID."
Me: "That's a problem. She doesn't have any."
Them: "Oh, a student ID is fine."
Me: "But she's homeschooled. She doesn't have a student ID."
Them: [Silence. A long silence.] "Oh."
As it turned out, this initial conversation led to additional conversations with county officials, then a call to Boise, then a call to the Homeschool Legal Defense Association, then another call to Boise, yet more calls to our county, etc.
It was a Catch-22: How do you get a form of photo ID without some preceding form of photo ID?
In the end we decided to wait until she was 18 before dealing with the bureaucracy. This meant we could skip driver's ed and driver's training (that is to say, we could supply those ourselves).
So today Don took her in for her test. We still had to provide her social security card and birth certificate... and you know what we used for a photo ID? A group picture from a newspaper clipping with her old Venture Scouts crew. Go figure.
So now Older Daughter will be getting behind the wheel a lot more than before. She's driven quite a bit on our non-county road, but of course speeds are very slow on a pothole-y country dirt road. She'll have to learn to drive at night, in the snow or rain, in icy conditions, etc.
What fun! (/sarc/)