OK, so it's not completely baseless. Last week, I went to the RMV to change my name on my license. Which makes me wonder, why is it the Registry of Motor Vehicles? Why can't it be a department like it is everywhere else? Why does everything in this
I asked him if my old picture was still in the computer. He said it was, but there's a state law that they can't reuse it when there's a change of information because "everything's gotta match." I assured him that I didn't look any different, and I really liked my old picture. I mean, really, how often does one get a decent-looking ID picture?
He told me they couldn't process it without a new picture, because it's a state law and they aren't allowed to reuse pictures if there's been a name change. This seemed too stupid to even be a state law (nevermind that we're not in a state), so I asked if there was anyone else I could talk to. He told me I could either take the picture or not change my name. So I took the stupid picture. Then I went back to my office, where I checked with others who said that they hadn't had to take new pictures when changing their names. The RMV website also doesn't list this as a requirement:
So, I ended up with this stupid-looking picture:
At least I managed to get the old one back, since I pointed out to him that the paper license says "not valid for ID" on it, and I planned to need ID during the next 7 to 10 business days. He told me that "they're supposed to accept these as ID" and the RMV people aren't supposed to give it back. Which is probably the policy, but I've gotten them back before, usually by a clerk who flat-out tells me I better take the old one since I don't look 21. So I pointed out that I'd been hassled before with the paper licenses, since I don't look 21, he agreed that I might have trouble and gave it back to me.