@Blast8 Good morning, Frankie. An update to my DMV drama. As of yesterday, I had waited 1:14:12 on the general DMV number only to receive a number which gave two more numbers I called and got hung up on due to "high volume of calls" a half dozen times over the course of the business day.
Well, hallelujah! I called at 8am on the dot, and I finally didn't get hung up on. I was on hold about a half hour, then reached a very nice man. He said my US passport photocopy taken at the DMV (in February when I completed the application process) had some illegible area from the lamination shining. The field office (Costa Mesa) couldn't "verify" that document because of the illegible area, so the whole file sat in limbo. Now that I've called, they will send my file to another department, and they should be able to issue the ID in 40-60 days. (Only a government entity would let a file sit like that without informing me for SIX months... Grrr!)
He said I should sign up for Informed Delivery ...