Horror story: Another tale of licensing woe

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: January 18, 2008
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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.


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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