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Old 01-13-07, 05:59 AM   #1
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I just came back from the DMV...

I just came back from the DMV, and there is a full bar there!
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Old 01-13-07, 09:58 AM   #2
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just what every DMV should have!
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Old 01-13-07, 10:21 AM   #3
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Surely you jest!
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Old 01-13-07, 10:46 AM   #4
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Surely you jest!
No joke. There is a cafe which sells food and has a small bar, and just past the cafe is a full on bar. This isn't just in the same building it's part of the DMV.....
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Well obviously this DMV is way before their time. Ground breaking!
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Old 01-13-07, 11:03 AM   #6
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No joke. There is a cafe which sells food and has a small bar, and just past the cafe is a full on bar. This isn't just in the same building it's part of the DMV.....
Get drunk while waiting to renew your license and drive home. Brilliant!

What DMV is this?
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Old 01-13-07, 11:13 AM   #7
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Get drunk while waiting to renew your license and drive home. Brilliant!

What DMV is this?
The DMV (actually the CSDD) in Riga, Latvia. To their credit they do issue a bicycle drivers license!

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Of course, what you don't see as you drink happily are the cops just down the road, waiting with the Breathalyzer. Kick-back heaven!
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The DMV (actually the CSDD) in Riga, Latvia. To their credit they do issue a bicycle drivers license!


You look very different to how I imagined.
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Old 01-13-07, 11:37 AM   #10
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You look very different to how I imagined.
I guess I didn't have enough to drink yet.....
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Do you take-a-number, then sit in the bar and wait til they call you? Cuz that would be awesome.
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Old 01-13-07, 11:41 AM   #12
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The DMV (actually the CSDD) in Riga, Latvia. To their credit they do issue a bicycle drivers license!

Is that you, Ziemas?

If so....then I'm sorry. I always thought you were a guy.
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Old 01-13-07, 11:46 AM   #13
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Is that you, Ziemas?

If so....then I'm sorry. I always thought you were a guy.
LOL. No, that's the example they have up on the website.
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Old 01-13-07, 11:48 AM   #14
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LOL. No, that's the example they have up on the website.
Whew! Feeling better then.

You are a guy, right?
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Old 01-13-07, 11:54 AM   #15
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Whew! Feeling better then.

You are a guy, right?
Yes, complete with all the boorish behavior that goes along with it.....
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Old 01-13-07, 05:34 PM   #16
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To their credit they do issue a bicycle drivers license!
Do you need a license to ride a bicycle in Latvia? If not, what is it for?
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Old 01-13-07, 07:07 PM   #17
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No, I don't. And stop calling me Shirley.
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Old 01-13-07, 09:44 PM   #18
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Get drunk while waiting to renew your license and drive home. Brilliant!

What DMV is this?

No, no, you have it all wrong. It's there for the DMV employees. They need to have more fun.
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Old 01-14-07, 12:56 AM   #19
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Do you need a license to ride a bicycle in Latvia? If not, what is it for?
In theory you do need a license to ride a bicycle on the road if you don't have an automobile drivers license. The logic behind this is that you should know the rules of the road because you are also a vehicle on the road. It makes sense if you think about it.

It also makes sense because Latvia has one of the highest road death rates in the world, and a terrible driving culture. In a country of 2.5 million 15 pedestrians have been killed in the first 13 days of the year. It helps to know who has the right of way.....
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In theory you do need a license to ride a bicycle on the road if you don't have an automobile drivers license. The logic behind this is that you should know the rules of the road because you are also a vehicle on the road. It makes sense if you think about it.

It also makes sense because Latvia has one of the highest road death rates in the world, and a terrible driving culture. In a country of 2.5 million 15 pedestrians have been killed in the first 13 days of the year. It helps to know who has the right of way.....
If I were thinking about a cycling tour including Latvia would I as a nonresident be required to get one?

Not any plans in the works, but if I am curious, then 100 others are on the forum too, generally. It also gets the Q and answer in the forum database and searchable.
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Old 01-14-07, 12:30 PM   #21
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If I were thinking about a cycling tour including Latvia would I as a nonresident be required to get one?

Not any plans in the works, but if I am curious, then 100 others are on the forum too, generally. It also gets the Q and answer in the forum database and searchable.
If you have a drivers license valid in Latvia then one would not be needed.

FWIW I've never heard of anyone being asked for a license of any kind while riding a bike in Latvia, and I ride every day and know plenty of cyclists. I imagine it exists so one can't claim ignorance of the traffic laws.
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I just came back from the DMV, and there is a full bar there!
That's it! I'm moving to Latvia. What are the immigration policies?
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That's it! I'm moving to Latvia. What are the immigration policies?
Hmmm let's see....you either need a Latvian spouse, job, heritage, or an EU passport for a residency permit.
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Hmmm let's see....you either need a Latvian spouse, job, heritage, or an EU passport for a residency permit.
How about pumping an enormous amount of capitol into the economy? Would that work too?
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No, no, you have it all wrong. It's there for the DMV employees. They need to have more fun.
- the DMV employees here have a lot of fun... i went there after moving into the state and was asked if i'd like to register to vote...

"Sure, why not?" i replied.

"What party?" asked the clerk.

"Independent." i said.

- three weeks later i got my voter registration card: Independent Democrats of Florida (there are 42 of us in our county of 600,000 voters - 38 more than the Independent British Beer Drinking Party's 4 members)...

- doesn't matter as i always vote for the party with the smallest hands most shallow in my pockets...

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