It totally is. It didn't used to always be this way. You used to be able to just get your permit renewed if you brought it in before it expired, but they changed the law and now you have to take the test all over again. It's a total pain.
It feels the same, except I'm not allowed to download the game because last time I downloaded an RPG game on my laptop, it got a virus. It took me a while, but I finished watching 'em walkthroughs a while ago. God...that ending...pfft, I watch Elfen Lied, for crying out loud. I'm fine!