posted on Sep, 28 2012 @ 05:14 AM
I have a few questions to pose to my fellow ATSers but first the anecdote that has precipitated this thread.
I have lived in three separate states within a relatively short period of time. Being the lawful citizen that I am, I followed the rules and had my
driver's license transferred from state #1 to state #2 about two years ago when I first moved there. The duration of the license from state #1 was
four years. I moved to state #2 before the four year period was up, but upon surrendering my license from state #1, state #2 issued me a new resident
license, also with a four year expiration.
I just moved to state #3 and when they pulled my driving record, it showed that I had valid licenses from both prior states (which is illegal). This
created quite a stir and required several top secret conversations amongst my tormentor and her contemporaries. Although I remained calm and tried to
be the voice of reason ("This is obviously state #2's snafu since I couldn't have possibly gotten a license from them without having to surrender
state #1's license), they couldn't seem to grasp this concept. So I was told to take a seat (again) while they checked with the main office about
how to handle this. Keep in mind that this entire time, they had my license from state #2 in their possession, plus my SS card and birth certificate.
I'm sitting there imaging that they're going to deny my request and keep my documents leaving me up the proverbial creek.
Anyway, after what seemed like an eternity, I was summoned over to "the desk" and given a statement to read and sign which said that I understand
that they are going to be investigating me for identity theft. They will give me a temporary two week license, during which time they are going to
compare my picture to those in EVERY state's database, as well as Homeland Security's, to ensure that I have no other licenses from additional
unknown states. So I'm to trust that I will hear from them with their determination before the two weeks are up (of course they took and immediately
cashed my check for a four year license). As tempted as I was to make a scene, I let my better senses prevail or I surely would have walked out of
there without any license.
So now I have no choice but to wait the two weeks and hope that they do their due diligence promptly. Since there's no identity theft here, I'm not
worried about the ultimate outcome; however, I'm curious as to whether this has happened to anyone else. Also, if your name is run through the
Homeland Security database, does that not always stay with you?
Yes, this is yet another example of our government's incompetency, but the reality is that we are forced to sweat out the complications they create
and hope it all works out - a concept I don't have too much confidence in. Can anyone lend some encouraging words from their own experience?