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Post by Aaron on Sat Dec 31, 2011 12:54 pm

Beginning Tuesday, it's going to be harder for West Virginians to get or renew a driver's license, and the head of the state's Division of Motor Vehicles doesn't want residents to take it out on his employees.

"Don't get mad at the [customer service representatives] on the front line; they're just doing what they're being told to do. This is a directive from the federal government," said DMV Commissioner Joe Miller.

He said the new system evolved out of the Sept. 11, 2001, al-Qaida attacks, where several of the terrorists "had fraudulent driver's licenses, which enabled them to enroll in flight schools which they flew into our buildings."

Starting next week, West Virginians will have to provide three separate documents to renew or get a new driver's license. Those documents will be scanned and kept on file at the DMV.

In response to the federal Real ID Act, states are requiring residents to present proof of their identification, Social Security number and residency. Once the documents are scanned into the DMV system and become a matter of record, residents will not have to take them to the DMV again.

"It used to be that the applicant would have to bring the [documents] in and if they looked good, and the birth certificate had the seal, we would take a look at them and give them back to you," Miller said.

"Now the requirement is to have the documents scanned into the system. That's a big change," Miller said - and one that will make your trip to the DMV longer.

Proof of identification can be a birth certificate, a valid U.S. passport or unexpired Homeland Security documents.

Changes to Birth Date, Name, Gender, and Social Security Number

The license or identification card holder shall substantiate a change of name by marriage with a certified marriage certificate. The license or identification card holder may choose from the following options to display his or her name on the drivers license, However, a court order specifying a change of name supersedes a birth and certified marriage certificate.

Last name, first name then middle name as evidence by the applicants certified birth certificate.

Last name of spouse, as evidence by the applicants certified marriage certificate then the first name and middle name as evidenced by the applicants birth certificate.

Last name as evidence by the applicants marriage license, first name, then maiden name as evidence by the applicants birth certificate to stand in place of the middle name.

Any Change in the birth date requires a certified birth certificate.

Any change or correction of the social security number requires a social security card (non-metal & no printout from SSA.)

Any change of gender requires a court order specifically indicating that the gender change is complete

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