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Horror story: Another tale of licensing woe

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: January 18, 2008
If legislators do nothing else during the session that begins next month, they must find a way to change a law that has been wreaking havoc on law-abiding citizens since it went into effect Nov. 1.

We refer, as we have more than once, to House Bill 1804 and the nightmares it has created for those getting a new driver's license or renewing one that has expired.

One of our colleagues, business reporter Ja'Rena Lunsford, wrote this week about the misery encountered as she escorted her 16-year-old brother to get his driving permit. They began their day at a Department of Public Safety office in Norman. After about an hour's wait, they tried a different location. It had fewer people waiting, but that good fortune was wiped out when Lunsford's brother got stiff-armed for not having a birth certificate.

During their first try in September, she wrote, her brother's Oklahoma ID and Social Security card were adequate examples of the requisite primary and secondary identification.

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by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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