Buzzurro and I are renting a casita, a guesthouse in New Mexico. The owners of the house use the house mailbox to receive their mail and requested that Buzzurro and I get a PO Box somewhere.
“No problem’ we both naively answered.
Today Buzzurro went to the Post Office to rent one…or so he thought.
“We can’t rent you a box unless you show 2 proofs of New Mexico residency.’ replied the clerk.
Is it just New Mexico, or is it the rule in ANY state that you have to show 2 proofs of residency in order to get a PO box? How do you even show residency if you can’t get your mail anyway? Luckily for us we can still get mail at my cousin’s house, but since our new place will be about 40 minutes away it will hardly be convenient.
New Mexico may be a beautiful state, but the level of non-functioning bureacracy is absurd.
I don’t remember any problems at all in New Jersey, It may have many unasthetic zones, but at least bureacratically speaking, things run smoothly.
In order to become verifiable citizens of New Mexico and prove residency you need to have at least 2 documents to prove that you really are staying in New Mexico. These documents seem to vary from government office to government office.
For example, one office was perfectly happy with our handwritten lease agreement. Another office was not since it wasn’t typed or notarized.
One office would not accept our printed bank statement from the local bank here in NM with a NM address written on it. They insisted that only a MAILED bank statement, complete with envelope and postmark would be acceptable.
Another office said that the printed statement from a local bank would be just as acceptable to them as a mailed bank statement.
One office told us that the copy of our car insurance cards with the NM address would be fine. Another saw that in the fine print somewhere were written the words ‘State of New Jersey’ so anything else on the card is invalid.
One asked for a copy of Buzzurro’s and my marriage certificate, which we both couldn’t even figure out why.
So to sum up this post, we are residents of nowhere.