The ongoing saga of getting a Turkish driving licence started with a trip to the Noter office in Selçuk where we picked up the translation of the licence and paid 65 lira. From thence we headed to the photographer. They were unable to find the old photos of Ashley on file so they took new ones (then they found the old ones). 6 identical photos, 6 lira. Over to the ABC clinic where Ashley’s eyes were examined and a paper signed. No blood tests, this was a surprise, we had expected one, purely for blood group. No other tests or health questions. Cost 20 lira.
By this time the next office we needed to visit was shut for lunch so we headed off for a çay with a friend who has a shop in town, watching the very cute kittens in a nearby carpet shop where they do keep pedigree cats…
Off to the Belediye Justice department for the ID check – that cost 5 lira, then to the Polis (Security Chief – Emniyet Müdürlüğü). There the papers were examined and photocopied, but they have to send something to Izmir, or have a conversation with Izmir. On the positive side they accepted all the papers we provided so it would appear we got all the papers they need. We were led to believe they would want to keep Ashley’s licence but it was not asked for.
We were told they would phone us when whatever they need from Izmir is completed. So we went home… Hilary thinks a motorcycle licence might be cheaper than a car licence. But time will tell. Total cost to date: 161 lira.
Shortly after getting home the postman arrived with Ashley’s Harley Owners Group membership package. This included the membership number needed to create the online profile and to log in to various sites, and the membership card which will get discounts at Izmir HD, so stuff that is generally more useful than the enclosed badges and advertising. This kept Ashley busy for a while.
This was all done on Monday, it is Thursday now, we have not heard back yet. There really is no hurry. It’s hot today so we went to the beach instead of worrying about it. It will all happen slowly….., or as they say here, Yavaş yavaş.