Got my driver-license renewal notice. Given the uncertainty of the relocation schedule, I may have to deal with it here rather than there.
In order to get a new license that's actually an identification document (given California's penchant for handing out driver licenses to illegal aliens with no attempt to verify their identity), I'm apparently supposed to show up in person bearing a certified copy of my birth certificate.
Which I did already. Many years back, when I first got my driver license, a certified copy of my birth certificate was required, and I presented one.
But I suppose it's unreasonable to expect the DMV to have a record of that... or even a record of when I first got the license, and what documents were required at the time.
(And maybe I should get two certified copies, just in case Tennessee also wants one...?)
Hm. Seems I'm also supposed to present my Social Security card. Which I have handy, as it happens. Says at the bottom: FOR SOCIAL SECURITY AND TAX PURPOSES—NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION. What, exactly, it's supposed to establish is not clear, other than that someone printed up a little piece of heavy paper with the name I'm using and the Social Security number I'm using. Can't the DMV just somehow ping the Social Security Administration to confirm that the name and number match?
(Complicating matters: I'll also be having an official change of address in the next month or so, and not paying utility bills, per se, at the new location, so the standard for proof of residency may get a little awkward. Maybe I can use a credit-card bill? I'm still getting a couple of those by postal mail, rather than just on line. Or, if I renew before officially moving, could I use the license renewal notice? And then file a change of address a week or two later?)