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Guy's License Suspended... Over 1981 Ticket

Typo is to blame for Kevin Berry's ordeal

(Newser) - When Kevin Berry was pulled over in Portland recently, he thought he was about to get a speeding ticket. But the officer told him his license had been suspended a few weeks earlier—over a ticket dating back 33 years. "I think it's crazy," Berry tells KATU... More »

DMV Forces Teen to Remove Makeup for License Photo

Chase Culpepper is male, but identifies as gender nonconforming

(Newser) - Chase Culpepper is a teen who wears women's clothing and makeup on a regular basis. That is, until he was forced to remove said makeup for his driver's license picture. The DMV says it does not allow "disguises" in photos, but 16-year-old Culpepper, who identifies as gender... More »

Humorless DMV Revokes Awesome Vanity Plate

But joke was actually about cannibalism, owner insists

(Newser) - For years, some guy drove around Virginia with a vanity plate reading “EATTHE.” Not very notable, unless you realize that it appeared on a plate reading “Kids First” at the bottom. Now, Virginia has stripped him of the plate … because it's reading oral sex on children... More »

DMV Clerk Writes Letter to 'Evil' Transgender Customer

He used database to track her down after processing name change: Lawyer

(Newser) - A transgender woman is suing the California DMV after an employee took it upon himself to write her a personal letter telling her she'd go to hell for her "very evil decision," the AP reports. Though the clerk processed Amber Yust's name change from David, he allegedly used... More »

New York DMV Sending Callers to Sex Line

Mixup involves old phone number

(Newser) - Today's lesson in bureaucracy: The New York state DMV recently stopped using 1-800-DIAL-DMV as a toll-free number. It did not, however, do a bang-up job getting the word out, and the number is still showing up on brochures and websites. Which would be OK if the number didn't now belong... More »

Nation's Capitol Now Known as 'the DMV'

Washington nickname slowly catches on

(Newser) - After more than 200 years, the Washington, DC, area finally has a nickname a bit catchier than 'the nation's capitol." The DMV is no longer just the Department of Motor Vehicles, but also an increasingly known and used acronym for District / Maryland / Virginia. The nickname's origin is... More »

ILVTOFU Plate Too Spicy for Colo. DMV

(Newser) - A Colorado woman who wanted to advertise her vegan diet with an ILVTOFU vanity license plate is out of luck, the Denver Post reports. The state’s DMV maintains a list of banned letter combinations, of which FU is one. “We don’t allow ‘FU’ because some people... More »

Calif. DMV Sued for Suspending Licenses of Med Marijuana Users

Sober residents have right to drive: plaintiff

(Newser) - A medical marijuana advocacy group has sued California's Department of Motor Vehicles, demanding a written policy that treats doctor-approved pot like any other prescription drug, reports the Los Angeles Times. The DMV is accused of repeatedly suspending licenses, against state policy, from sober drivers caught with medical marijuana. "It... More »

Calif. Bill Would Drive Pets Off Laps

Drivers would have to steer clear of distracting pals

(Newser) - California legislators are pushing a bill banning pets from drivers' laps after a national study ranked pets, along with cell phones, among the leading causes of road distractions and a cause of thousands of accidents. A bill before the state legislature will impose a fine for driving while holding dogs,... More »

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