Trouble in 2008 for Americans
I'm getting ready for a multi-year trip starting in a few months.
Starting in 2008 our wonderful national government is requiring all states to issue new "national standard" drivers licenses. This requires all applicants to appear in person with proper documentation - much more rigid documentation standards then what is required now (it is going to cost the states hundreds of millions to implement this mandate from the feds).
My current (state of Washington) license expires in 2008. I was planning to be out of the country in 2008. I can't get a new one now - good for 5 years from date of issue - just a replacement (for my "lost license") that expires same date in 2008 as the current one.
I also can't get one issued from the state of Michigan where I was going to change my mailing address - without having some proof of residence (rent receipt, utility bill, pay stub in my name)
If I read things correctly, anyone who's U.S. drivers license expires in 2008 or later years depending on expiration date will have to appear in person to renew.
America post 9/11 - more secure - but a lot less free! Phuqbush!
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