Dasha, 23, came by the office to show us her newly acquired drivers license. She said it took "all day" to obtain. To prepare, she had to buy and study a thick manual. Then she had to hire a teacher at $40 an hour. She took just five hours of lessons.
For the test, first she took a 20 question written exam--two mistakes allowed. Then, after she stood in line for over two hours to wait to be called, she drove a State car in a controlled course. Then she had to drive on the street with the driving inspector in the back seat--and her driving teacher in the front. She took that test four times before she passed. If she made one mistake she had to take it again another time.