Identification cards in Venezuela are called cédulas. And now we have ours!
Some teachers have been here for seven years without a cédula, but this year, for some reason the government is starting to issue them. Even though our visas claim that we are eligible for cédulas, to this point there has only been (surprise!) inaction.
In some ways this makes things a bit more legit. We will now be able to put our name on the title of our car and sell it legally when we leave Venezuela. We can update our bank details to reflect our new ID numbers which will also allow us to apply for a Venezuelan credit card, which would be a really nice thing to have since the instability of the currency makes having a bunch of Bolivars in the bank account unwise.
The time spent at the SAIME office could have taken much longer than it did, so I’m thankful for that. However, we did have to drive more than an hour out of town to get there. I don’t know why we had to go to that office when there is another one in our neighborhood, but hey, I’m not complaining.
To explain the pictures below from Arturo’s: It was next door and we went there to use the bathroom. One day I might try the Chamo Pack.