The Cashier Must Have Been Born Yesterday

| Working | March 23, 2016

(I am at the Motor Vehicles Administration to obtain a replacement driver’s license and have brought all of the appropriate documentation, including my birth certificate.)

Me: “I’m here to get a replacement license.” *hands over documents*

Cashier: *looking at birth certificate* “This is expired?”

Me: “How can my birth certificate be expired when I haven’t expired yet?”

Cashier: “It’s expired. This is in the old format. You will have to get a new one.”

Me: “I don’t understand how a birth certificate can expire. It doesn’t have an expiration date on it and the person it’s issued to is still living.”

Cashier: “Doesn’t matter. You’ll have to get a new one. I’ll accept it this time but remember that for the future.”

(It’s been about six years and I have yet to get a new one. I’ve also never encountered anyone else who had a problem with my “expired” birth certificate.)

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