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jdj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-11-05 01:29 PM
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14. apparently the ACLU has addressed this in a different form
Edited on Fri Mar-11-05 01:37 PM by jdj
Over the years, the ACLU continued to receive complaints from women that the court decision was not being followed by the DMV, resulting in lengthy correspondence to Division officials about the complaints. The problem finally seemed to disappear in the 21st Century, but last November, a resident complained to the ACLU about information appearing on the DMVs web site.

In the FAQ section of the web site, one of the questions answered is, What do I need to do if I have changed my name? The web site falsely advises individuals they must first have their name changed with the Social Security Administration and present their new Social Security card to the Registry in order to obtain a new license. RI ACLU executive director Steven Brown immediately wrote DMV Administrator Charles Dolan about the false advice, but eight months later, has still not received a response. The inaccurate information continues to appear on the Registrys web site.

The ACLUs letter acknowledged that the Registry may require (and, we believe, used to require) an affidavit from the person acknowledging that the name change is non-fraudulent, for example, and some minimal evidence indicating that the person is in fact using the new name for other purposes. However, a requirement that she provide a Social Security card with the new name is no different from the Registrys illegal requirement struck down by the court in 1979.

The ACLUs Brown said today: We have to wonder how many women are unnecessarily following the DMVs inaccurate advice in order to have their name changed on their license. Surely this 25th anniversary is an opportune time for the DMV to finally get it right and to revise its web site to reflect the law.

this was a 1977 case, it's hard to tell if you can extrapolate from this one to the current problem.

(so I guess the ACLU "did something good for a change", and 30 years ago at that)
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