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State’s DMV?laws are sexist

April 7, 2012
The Inter-Mountain


Recently at lunch a 90-plus-year-old acquaintance told of her recent driver's license renewal fiasco. In addition to all the required paperwork brought in, she was almost through the process when the clerk told her that she also needed her marriage certificate to prove her last name. Consequently, she was not able to renew her license.

I called our local DMV and was assured that even though I have been divorced for 34 years and all my records for taxes, teacher's retirement, Social Security, passport, banks, utilities, medical, charitable donations, college degrees, etc. are in my legal name of 45 years, that information is not valid for the state of West Virginia. If my current name is good enough for the United States government, it should be recognized by this state without a lot of brouhaha.

I want to protest this as a blatant form of sexism since husbands, past or present, are not required to do the same. But then again, I suppose there is nothing more subversive than a bunch of women who changed their names countless years ago.

Melanie Files




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