New driver’s license requirements generate anger and frustration – Southern Maryland News Net


New driver’s license requirements demanded by federal law not only produce long lines at Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration offices, but also anger and frustration in many who see their documents. rejected for a valid TRUE ID.

The process appears to be worse for older people whose original birth certificates are rejected and for women of any age whose last name has been changed through marriage or divorce.

On the other hand, obtaining a compliant license is quick and smooth for people like me who come with the right documents – a minimum of four papers, and five or six for the rest – and make an appointment. line with the MVA.

But even people with a valid U.S. passport – fully compliant federal ID and acceptable for air travel – are denied their passports for lack of a full middle name as shown on their driver’s license.

After October 2020, people without a compliant state REAL ID or federal ID card such as a passport will not be able to go through airport security to board a commercial aircraft.

Here are the MVA REAL ID requirements. Even if you have a driver’s license with the little star in the upper right corner, you must submit the same documentation to the MVA.

Long waits

Here are some of the stories we received in response to our February 8 story “Maryland pilots face longer lines, frustration over license renewal to comply with federal law.

At’s Posting on Facebook, John Hartnett wrote: “I waited almost 3 hours in a supposed ‘Express’ office before leaving. Word of the wise: Make an appointment! … Try to find your birth certificate from another state after 71 years! Imagine the obstacles one must overcome if it is a LEGAL immigrant. “

MVA “appointments” are times assigned to show up in an office.

Then again, Vince Nappi reported: “It didn’t take longer than in the past, a bit too much on paperwork, but the courier was clear on what to bring.”

Stephen Haller said online: “I just renewed at the end of last month. I had made an appointment online. I was called within 5 minutes of the requested time and I was at the door within 20 minutes. Planning the app online is the way to go.

It was also my experience last Wednesday in the crowded MVA office in Columbia. With a special date line, me and the woman in front of me were at the door within 20 minutes.

Others in other offices weren’t so lucky, Michael Golden, director of external affairs for the state pension system, said: “I waited three hours at MVA yesterday to get my renewal. “

Longtime TV reporter Scott Broom said on Twitter: “A huge 4 hour wait at MVA Glen Burnie today. 60% of Marylanders will have to go through this to comply with the Real ID Act. You will need all kinds of documents and a LOT of patience to renew your license.

Ruth Feeser Taylor said on Facebook: “The new requirements are ridiculous. You should be able to use your passport to get a driver’s license. What’s wrong with the bureaucrats at the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles! “

Besides proof of age and identity, the additional requirements for proof of a social security number and two proofs of residence are in fact the federal law initially adopted in 2005, and implemented over the years by US Department of Homeland Security regulations.

Reject original birth certificates

The most common cause of REAL ID renewal problems appears to be the rejection by the MVA of the original birth certificates of older residents, including those issued by hospitals.

In a letter to Calvert Recorder and Del. Mark Fisher, Patricia Dennis of Chesapeake Beach wrote about her experience at Prince Frederick’s office.

“The lady behind the desk said that the MVA would not accept my birth certificate because they do not accept elders issued by the state of Maryland. Mine was issued in 1955. She asked me to go to the health department and have them print another copy of the birth certificate and bring it back. That’s what I did – it cost me $ 20 to get a copy of a document I already had.

And Dennis pointed out that she used the original birth certificate for many purposes, including her first driver’s license.

“I sat there for hours and saw old people after old people being denied license renewals for the same reason: MVA would not accept their original birth certificates. I saw this as a form of discrimination. We seniors have no control over what type of birth certificate was issued, legally, by the state of Maryland, or anywhere else, when we were born. How much money is the state taking from its seniors by forcing them to pay $ 20 each to get a copy of a document they already have? “

here is information on obtaining a Maryland birth certificate.

Refuse valid passports

More curious is MVA’s rejection of valid and current US passports – proof of age, identity and citizenship anywhere in the world. On February 7, Timothy Westmoreland of Takoma Park wrote to MVA administrator Christine Nizer about his three-hour wait at the White Oak office.

“The MVA staff member briefly examined my passport, showed it to his supervisor, then told me it was inappropriate for the MVA. My passport has my first, middle and last name on it, ”Westmoreland said. He did not mention that the passport also had his photo.

“I was told that MVA now requires documents to show first name, middle name and last name. The staff member said it was a new requirement from the state of Maryland, which came into effect in December of last year. He also said that I was the third person today that he refused because of this problem. (He was one of about 20 employees, so I guess there were several more and of course White Oak is just one of many offices). When I asked to speak to her supervisor, she simply told me that it was a requirement and that I should get a birth certificate with my middle name on it.

Westmoreland cited a 2017 Albuquerque Journal article on how the state of New Mexico had changed its policies on middle names to REAL ID.

Wedding names

Then there is a problem with the marriage names.

On our Facebook post, Robin Beswick reported:

“I needed to renew my ID card in 2017. But they wouldn’t keep it under my husband’s name because I never changed my social security information. So… maiden name. Then direction Reisterstown for my birth certificate because the thing that MD issues is no longer valid. Then to Social Security to take care of it. Then come back to Motor Vehicles with ALL these documents PLUS any others they wanted (proof of address, etc.). Pay for another ID and get it in my married name. My ID card looks EXACTLY like the one in the image above. That’s good until 2025. When you run my # through MVA’s real identity checker… oh, you have to come in with documents. Are you kidding me?!?!?”

(My information that I submitted the documents was also not updated on the MVA website after three days.)

Married women have had their original marriage certificates rejected. Divorced women must have copies of divorce judgments.

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