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  •  Oh, I've got one better for you. (4+ / 0-)

    When I tried to get my drivers' license switched over to Maryland, I was deemed to have insufficient identificiation - with a passport, social security card, and the proofs of address.

    Why?  Because on the passport and utility bills, my first name was initialed.  On the SS card, my MIDDLE name was initialed.

    So they rejected it all until I could scare up a copy of my birth certificate, which had all three names spelled out.  First and only time I've actually had a passport rejected as insufficient I.D..

    To this day, I think they were looking for a bribe.  That particular Maryland MVA office was in a heavily Hispanic area, and no doubt they got a lot of immigrants, so they played games like that.  When I went to a much whiter, richer area, my passport was accepted without question.

    The moral of the story?  If they want to stop you from voting, believe you me, they'll find a way, and they'll probably look to their BMV office for inspiration!

    •  This is so ridiculous! (3+ / 0-)

      There has to be some middle ground.

      There seems to be general disinformation about the importance of the passport - above, someone referred to it as the "gold standard" - but based on what you experienced that's not the case.  The infuriating thing is that you and I already had to prove who we were - just to get a passport.

      Thanks for sharing - I'm sorry you had to go through that.

      •  Well, BMVs are particularly infamous. (1+ / 0-)
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        I've had problems with switching licenses in nearly every state I've lived in save for Michigan.  And don't even get me started on car title transfers.

        Ironically, the most Republican-area BMV I ever went to was also the most laid-back and efficient.  They accepted my I.D.s without question, guided me through the title transfer process, and I left with a brand new license in under an hour, with my Michigan car title arriving about a week later.

        None of the horseshit that the other states put me through, simply because they could.

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