I remember my first solo drive as a teenager from my childhood home. I backed out of the driveway just fine in my hand-me-down grey Oldsmobile and easily made it to the top of Granada Road. This was familiar territory because, to the great amusement of the neighborhood, my parents allowed my twin sister and me to practice driving up and down the street in their boat, a 1984 charcoal grey Lincoln Town Car.
Sorry Tom for the complicated process but you have demonstrated the excellent perseverance to get the license. I can feel for you ... if I compare your hurdles to the one I had to master when I was a working student in LA - to get the license was a piece of cake. I was - almost - shocked that it was so easy ... but a happy man. Sorry for the bureaucracy & good luck with the EMBA and the new career!