ID Process Lacking In Common Sense

Rules are rules, of course. But what’s wrong with a little common sense in enforcing them?

Apparently there is no room for that in administering a federal law that forces states to adopt new requirements for issuance of driver’s licenses.

As we have reported since last year, those obtaining or renewing licenses in West Virginia must present forms of identification not required in the past. That resulted in something of a nightmare for a 90-year-old local woman, who related her story to News-Register Life Section Editor Linda Comins.

Comins reported the woman’s trials and travails, along with complaints about the process from another woman, in her column last Sunday.

The 90-year-old woman went to the Department of Motor Vehicles to renew her driver’s license, birth certificate in hand. She was informed that because one letter had been inadvertantly omitted from her name on the 1922 birth certificate, the document was not acceptable. Another 1922 birth document was deemed unacceptable because her first name was listed on one line and her last name was on the line below. Both names had to be on the same line, she was told.

Later, it was suggested the woman ought to have her father sign a paper clarifying the missing letter on her birth certificate.

Good heavens. The new requirements are intended to keep terrorists from obtaining official identification documents such as driver’s licenses. Does someone at the DMV believe this woman is a threat?

What a fiasco.