Every day I experience another “Mexico moment” and I am hesitant to share them publicly because I don’t want to ruin things here, nor be a stupid gringo. But today was great.
We bought a car back in October but it hasn’t been registered to me yet because to register a car you need a drivers license and to get a drivers license you need residency plus proof of address and a blood test.
Proof of residence is hard because addresses aren’t really a thing in regional Mexico so you use electricity bills and most electricity bills are in the name of a corporation because individuals can’t own properties.
So I find out last week I can get a letter of residence instead of using an electricity bill.
It takes me like four different government offices to find the right person in a back office of an office that is full of young people talking and laughing and this lady agrees to help. We’re talking the back office of the back office of a building without a sign near the building I thought I had to go to.
I need this important letter and she drafts it up, spells my name wrong, we correct it, and then the big boss of the department needs to sign it. By big boss I mean “President of the Municipality”.
He’s busy talking to important people.
She sits there for like three minutes clearly thinking it all through and then she just forges his signature, smiles at me, and hands me the letter.
I get a blood test from a local doctor and I’m now a licensed Mexican driver.
Policy and procedure means everything and nothing over here.