I have to renew my driving license and have booked a slot (turno) for Friday since the license actually expires on 12th November, but I thought it prudent to try to get ahead of the game, knowing Argentine bureaucracy. In fact I had already renewed my license in April 2017 when I upgraded my motorbike category, but of course they only give you what time is already left on your existing license. Any more would be far too generous.
Things to remember:
Stay calm above all else and if you can't, only swear in Anglo Saxon
Photocopy every-fucking-thing including your grandmother's (and her mother's) birth certificate. That means front and back of your DNI and driving license.
Make sure you don't have any outstanding traffic offences. otherwise go to jail and do not collect £100.
Be aware that once you've entered the building you become their property and the employees love nothing more than trying to catch you out on the smallest of points. Small to you, but a heinous crime to them. They live and breath this stuff, so watch your step.
Do NOT celebrate once you've reached the finish line as this simply plays into their hands and gives them a bloated feeling of self importance they don't deserve or in fact earn. Be nonchalant and coolly deposit the license in your pocket in the knowledge that that's all it is - a fucking driving license.
Always make eye contact - this means you#re in control and mean business.
An update to this adventure will follow next week.