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Author Topic: NYS Drivers License  (Read 80 times)


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NYS Drivers License
« on: August 13, 2019, 07:49:45 AM »
Have any of you had to renew your drivers license lately? Have you "enjoyed" the process?? My wife's license recently came up for renewal, and it was a pain, to say the least.

The license's expiration date now coincides with your birthday, and with my wife's birthday in the first week in September, she got a renewal notice a few weeks back. The "instructions" are somewhat jumbled, since there are 3-4 types of licenses, from a simple picture ID, to a CDL, and whoever wrote these instructions managed to intertwine the details for each level of license. Bottom line, the state is "highly recommending" the "enhanced" license, because according to them, it will be required for future ID purposes (and it's $40 more, added to the state's coffers!!)

Here's where I found it to get sticky and very frustrating. One of the necessary documents needed, to get the enhanced license, is a "birth certificate". My wife didn't have one....all she has ever had, for the last 67 years, is a document called a "record of birth". She has registered for high school and college, obtained a NYS drivers license in 1967, obtained a Social Security card, obtained a NYS Teacher's License, applied for a marriage license, and most likely a number of other things that required proof of who she was, all with this document. NYS DMV won't accept it, and they were QUITE rude about it, when she and I went to DMV to renew her license.

At this point, you're probably asking why we're so upset. Let me explain.....We contacted the Monroe County Office of Vital Statistics, in order to procure a BC that would be satisfactory to DMV. This was done online, and get this, no ID or proof of who we were, was required!! All we did was type in my wife's name, a valid address, enter a valid credit card number, click on the icon, and a BC was on the way. 10 days later, the BC arrives.....and then the real fun begins.

Like most Christians, my wife was Confirmed, at the age of 12, and took a middle name, a middle name she has used ever since. Come to find out, her parents, as shown on her BC, also gave her a middle name (this is news to us), and it doesn't match the name that my wife took at her Confirmation, and has been using for the last 50+ years. DMV goes into convulsions, over this "conflict of information", and refuses to acknowledge her Confirmation middle name. After much wrangling, they do renew her license, however, it's using the middle name on her BC. Furthermore, they advise us that we'd better contact everyone else (especially the SS Administration), and get this straightened out.

ALL THIS, JUST TO RENEW AN EXISTING DRIVERS LICENSE!!   Bet if she was an "undocumented alien", we wouldn't have had to put up with all of this crap!!!

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Re: NYS Drivers License
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2019, 05:55:00 PM »
 I sympathize with ya...that being said...the folks here at the Owego DMV are saints. 
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