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Letter to the editor: Frustrating rules

October 14, 2017

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To the editor:

If you are planning to renew your Kansas driver’s license, please note that you will need the following documents in order to comply with the new rules that will take place in 2020: Social Security card, birth certificate, marriage license (if you’re female) with exact name as it appears on driver’s license and proof of residence (car registration, government document or utility bill). This information is not indicated on the yellow card one receives for renewal. If a Kansas driver’s license does not meet the new standard, one cannot use it as an ID to board an airplane in 2020.

My experience at the DMV was very frustrating. My first trip was unsuccessful because I did not have my marriage license. The second trip was also unsuccessful because my birth certificate, marriage license and the legal name on my driver’s license did not match. (My legal name includes my maiden name, but not my middle name.) Having a current passport would have been very helpful. (Mine had expired.)

I was able to renew my driver’s license, but I will need to renew it again before 2020 and pay another $25 to comply with the new rules. What an exasperating experience!

Comments

Richard Heckler 7 months, 1 week ago

Voter suppression is on the table big time thanks to Kobach and Brownback and Colyer.

Richard Heckler 7 months, 1 week ago

Why would illegal immigrants register to vote?

The anti voter party keeps referencing immigrants however I say democrats and moderates are the targets. There are enough registered democrats and moderate republicans to impact an election.

This household has been busy reviewing, updating and replacing various documents associated with voting rights. Mission accomplished.

Have VOTERS been purged from the voting rolls or not by the current right wing party?

This can be fixed however it takes time in some cases up to 3 weeks. Check your status frequently.

== Voters ORGANIZING A VOTING DAY PACKET might be a preventive measure which could include:

--- a drivers license or state ID card

--- Military Discharge Papers

--- Keep this packet close to protect your right to vote

Do it today in case it is discovered one or more of the above cannot be found. None of these are difficult to replace. But will take time.

==Some believe voter suppression is effective : http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2016/02/02/3745296/major-voter-id-study/ http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/4/30/1521945/-Republican-Voter-

== Suppression-Tactics-Are-Working http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/35539-the-gop-is-now-bragging-about-voter-suppression

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/republican-voter-suppression/

Ron Holzwarth 7 months, 1 week ago

So, you'll need your marriage license - only if you're a woman? Rather sexist, I would say.

I could go on with this comment, but I'll stop right here.

Andrew Applegarth 7 months, 1 week ago

You would say wrong... The truth is that you need the marriage license if you changed your name when you got married as the marriage license will have both the old and new last names, linking the birth certificate to the current driver's license. While this is mostly true for women, not all women change their name when they get married and some men take their wife's last name. In these cases, the woman should not need to take her marriage license while the man in the second case would need to. Also rare is when both partners take on both last names, but both parties would need to take their marriage license in that instance. If they both changed their last name to something entirely different to avoid that fight, good luck getting the new license!

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 7 months, 1 week ago

Thankfully I had my passport renewed recently. I would urge everyone to get a passport, even if you are not planning to leave the country. You do have to show a lot of id, especially if you are a woman, but once you are done, you don't have to jump through all the hoops for a lot of other stuff. Here was my journey getting mine. Birth certificate (I couldn't find my first passport, but of course I found it after I ordered the birth certificate) Copy of divorce papers from ex husband, whose name I kept, because of our daughter. Copy of name change to maiden name after my daughter was grown. Copy of marriage certificate when I hyphenated my name.

My husband? Copy of his birth certificate.

Women, do NOT change your name when you marry. It's not worth the trouble.

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