I did it! I finally did it! Me, my little self (and my arabic speaking taxi driver), actully managed to get a Kuwaiti driver's licence. I really had my doubts that this day would ever come, but here I am, a legal driver. It only took me three months, blood, sweat, tears, and a mere 105KD. For those of you who don't have the exchange rates right in front of you, 105KD is $400. This could possibly be the most expensive driver's licence in the history of mankind. I am seriously considering contacting Guiness about it. It is good for ten years, so I shouldn't be having to renew (thank God).
The actual process of getting the licence is really so mind-boggling that I can't even explain why it took so long and was so expensive. Some of the money was in taxi fees because I kept having to go all the way across the city (which is really going all the way across the country) to deliver more papers that they forgot to ask for the last time I was there. My only advice to anyone wanting to do this themselves is: hire someone. I should have had the same guy who did our residency do this too, but people had told me it was easy. Then once I got far enough along and realized I was in over my head, it was too late to do anything except forge on ahead. And forge I did. I penetrated the bureaucracy , I cut the red tape. No one can take the sweet taste of victory away from me!