So last night I was panicking - every year when my birthday rolls around, I always leave getting the new stickers for my license plates renewed. And, honestly, I tend to forget when my own birthday is coming around.
As a father, I'm WAY more excited about my son's forthcoming birthday than I am about my own -- it was my wife who reminded me about my birthday when she started baking a cake yesterday.
In any case, I was trying to figure out when I was going to get a chance to get my plate stickers renewed (particularly after they remove the kiosk that used to be in Limeridge Mall in Hamilton)
So I decided to open that annual renewal reminder envelope they had mailed me months ago -- you know, the one that sits on the counter for months unopened, and is often opened at the last possible minute in desperation -- to determine if I needed a "Drive Clean" inspection done before my renewal would be accepted.
In the accompanying literature (which most folks normally don't read), I noticed a great option that I hadn't spotted before.
Online plate sticker renewal.
Yes. Available at http://www.ontario.ca/serviceontario
Now how cool is that?
You fill in the information, pay online, print a slip to keep with you while the stickers are mailed to you (to show to police if you happen to get pulled over) -- and there's no waiting in those long line-ups with all the other folks who waited to the last minute.
(Of course, one perk of waiting in those lines is, if you see them there with the Ontario plate sticker renewal form, you can usually say: "Happy Birthday" to a stranger and be confident that it's either their birthday or pretty close to it. Seeing a stranger, smiling as if you know then, saying it's good to see them again and wishing them a Happy Birthday, then watching the confused look on their face as they try to figure out who you are is always an amusing way to pass that time in line)