Getting a WV driver's license

Getting a WV driver's license

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#1 Dec 8, 2010
Since I have a car registered in WV now I figured I should get a WV driver's license so I call the DMV office in Beckley to ask the procedure. They say I need my FL driver's license, my SS card, a copy of my birth certificate and, if my name has changed, a copy of my marriage license. I say "I don't know if I have a copy any more because I've been divorced a long time" and she said "you can request a copy from the jurisdiction where you were married" and I say "that was almost 50 years ago in Germany". She said I could substitute a passport if I have one and I said I have an expired one and she said "no, it has to be valid"....which I guess means "not expired". So I've torn my house upside down and found a lot of stuff I should have gotten rid of long ago but no marriage certificate. So I call back and say there must be some other option so she gave me a phone number to call for drivers assistance. I call the number and get the same message over and over and over...."the wait is about 15 minutes, select 1 if you want to speak to a representative or 2 if you want to hang up and call back later". So I select 1 and get the same message again, I select 1 and get the same message again, and again, and again.

So next I decide to work on the birth certificate...I go online and find I can apply for it on line so I go through the procedure that takes about 20 minutes, then, to verify I am who I say I am, they ask me a series of questions about places I have lived and people I have lived with but evidently I failed one of these questions because then they say I will have to send them a copy of my driver's license. So I attempt to scan my driver's license and it jams the scanner, so I take it to my local bank and they scan it and email it to me and I come home and attempt to send it to Vital Registration but either the directions were defective or I did something wrong because it didn't work. So tomorrow I will do the other option of faxing a copy of my driver's license to them and see if that works. They already have my money which they got before they told me they need further documentation so I can't give up and go in person or request it by mail. And I still don't know if DMV will accept something other than a marriage license to substantiate my married name.

I told the gal at DMV that I guess I would just keep my FL driver's license and she said no, you have to get a WV license if you live here now. Does anyone have any suggestions....what else can I do?
Believer

Beckley, WV

#2 Dec 8, 2010
Lesson Learned wrote:
Since I have a car registered in WV now I figured I should get a WV driver's license so I call the DMV office in Beckley to ask the procedure. They say I need my FL driver's license, my SS card, a copy of my birth certificate and, if my name has changed, a copy of my marriage license. I say "I don't know if I have a copy any more because I've been divorced a long time" and she said "you can request a copy from the jurisdiction where you were married" and I say "that was almost 50 years ago in Germany". She said I could substitute a passport if I have one and I said I have an expired one and she said "no, it has to be valid"....which I guess means "not expired". So I've torn my house upside down and found a lot of stuff I should have gotten rid of long ago but no marriage certificate. So I call back and say there must be some other option so she gave me a phone number to call for drivers assistance. I call the number and get the same message over and over and over...."the wait is about 15 minutes, select 1 if you want to speak to a representative or 2 if you want to hang up and call back later". So I select 1 and get the same message again, I select 1 and get the same message again, and again, and again.
So next I decide to work on the birth certificate...I go online and find I can apply for it on line so I go through the procedure that takes about 20 minutes, then, to verify I am who I say I am, they ask me a series of questions about places I have lived and people I have lived with but evidently I failed one of these questions because then they say I will have to send them a copy of my driver's license. So I attempt to scan my driver's license and it jams the scanner, so I take it to my local bank and they scan it and email it to me and I come home and attempt to send it to Vital Registration but either the directions were defective or I did something wrong because it didn't work. So tomorrow I will do the other option of faxing a copy of my driver's license to them and see if that works. They already have my money which they got before they told me they need further documentation so I can't give up and go in person or request it by mail. And I still don't know if DMV will accept something other than a marriage license to substantiate my married name.
I told the gal at DMV that I guess I would just keep my FL driver's license and she said no, you have to get a WV license if you live here now. Does anyone have any suggestions....what else can I do?
use your maiden name and dont tell them that you were ever married

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#3 Dec 8, 2010
Believer wrote:
<quoted text>use your maiden name and dont tell them that you were ever married
My driver's license and SS card are in my married name.
Believer

Beckley, WV

#4 Dec 8, 2010
Do you have your divorce papers, maybe that would work.

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#5 Dec 8, 2010
Believer wrote:
Do you have your divorce papers, maybe that would work.
No, I found a division of property agreement but not the divorce decree but it would be easier to get than the marriage license since it was in this country. I will ask about that tomorrow when I try to call again.

I don't understand why they would need more documentation that SS did when I applied for SS benefits.

Since: Jun 10

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#6 Dec 8, 2010
From WV DMV's site...

- New Residents -

After establishing residency, residents who want to drive in WV must apply for a WV driver's license within 30 days. If you have a valid non-expired out-of -state license, you are eligible to transfer the license. You are required to pass a vision test, complete a brief alcohol awareness course and surrender your out-of state license before a WV license will be issued. A transfer applicant must present all acceptable documents that are required for a first-time applicant.

http://www.transportation.wv.gov/dmv/Driver-L... Residents

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Lesson Learned, since that says that, "a transfer applicant must present all acceptable documents that are required for a first-time applicant", I believe, that *if your name hasn't changed since you were last issued a drivers license*, you would just take the Florida drivers license, the birth certificate, the social security card, two proofs of WV residency (such as 2 utility bills with your name and address on them), and that you should be able to get your drivers license transferred.

If I were you, I would go to the DMV with those things in hand, tell them that I am there to transfer my current out-of-state drivers license, without even mentioning the previous conversation with one of their employees, and see what happens.

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- First-time applicants -

Applicants who have never held a driving license or ID card, who are transferring a license from out-of state, or who have a West Virginia license that has been expired for more than six (6) months are first-time applicants. The following documents are required by first-time applicants:

* A certified birth certificate or a valid, unexpired U.S. Passport.

* Social Security Card.

* Two (2) proofs of West Virginia physical address from the approved list of residency documents.

http://www.transportation.wv.gov/dmv/Driver-L...

* If the applicant is under the age of 18 and is applying for a instruction permit or license, a valid Driver's Eligibility Certificate is also required.

* If the applicant’s name has changed, then an original or a certified copy of a certified marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order is also required.(Additional documents may be required if a connection between the documents can not be established.)

* Applicants who are applying for a West Virginia driver's license and are transferring a license from another state, must also submit their current license from the previous state or present a current certified driving record from his/her previous state.
Mad in Beckley

Beckley, WV

#7 Dec 8, 2010
The DMV here will give you a different answer to a question every time you call them. Just a little heads up for you.

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#8 Dec 8, 2010
LL, I'm assuming you used VitalChek to obtain a copy of your birth certificate. If you had to provide more identity verification, through downloading and printing their Vital Records Authorization Form, your scanned drivers license has to go inside that space on the printed form, with your signature and the date below it.

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#9 Dec 8, 2010
Mad in Beckley wrote:
The DMV here will give you a different answer to a question every time you call them. Just a little heads up for you.
I agree with that 100%. But, I find it to be true when trying to do anything over the phone. Doing everything in person is just as bad, but I can deal with ineptitude a whole lot better face-to-face.

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#10 Dec 9, 2010
I've been advised to go to the Welch office, that they are more user friendly there.

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#11 Dec 9, 2010
While looking for my missing documents I found a treasure-trove of old letters from the early 1960s through the 1980s from an old friend....back when people wrote letters.....and have had a wonderful time rereading them. It's taken me back to a whole different time and atmosphere. I guess that's the silver lining of this episode. Still haven't found anything helpful for my current problem but, like Scarlett O'Hara, I'll think about that tomorrow. I'm in a fog of remembrance.

“"attack the argument,”

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Since: Oct 10

not the person"

#12 Dec 9, 2010
i lost my license about 7 years ago,in another state,i dread applying for a new one here in WV,THE HORROR!
Heard Enough

Oak Hill, WV

#13 Dec 10, 2010
When My Wife and I got married 1 1/2 years back.She changed her License from another state.We took our Marriage license.I produced my County tax tickey and 2 utility bills and I signed a statement that she did live at the residence.We were out in 30 minutes.But,I went in and asked what we needed to bring.They were very helpful.
question

Fayetteville, WV

#14 Dec 11, 2010
Are you going to use the same last name thats on the drivers license you already have from another state?
bodidly

Beckley, WV

#15 Dec 11, 2010
thay wanted my first born lol.... I gave up got a nc license with a wv address i guess wv dosent need the money oh well nc took it with no problem there loss......

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#16 Dec 11, 2010
It's ridiculous that I collect Social Security, have a Medicare card, have a WV voter's registration card, but I can't get a WV driver's license because I dont't have a copy of my marriage license from almost 50 years ago in Germany.
rose

Rocky Mount, NC

#17 Dec 11, 2010
Lesson Learned wrote:
It's ridiculous that I collect Social Security, have a Medicare card, have a WV voter's registration card, but I can't get a WV driver's license because I dont't have a copy of my marriage license from almost 50 years ago in Germany.
That is crazy!
Believer

Beckley, WV

#18 Dec 11, 2010
try www.germany-service.com for your marriage license

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Since: Nov 10

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#19 Dec 11, 2010
That's WV for ya!
I have lived in other states and held a drivers license in other states as well. Never have I had the issues to get a license as in this state. Do they think it makes them look smart? Are they so much above the federal issued documents that they would require more...and not accept a federal document as proof of person?

I would just drive on what you have and tell them you're a snowbird from Florida visiting family.

:)

Since: Jun 10

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#20 Dec 11, 2010
Lesson Learned wrote:
It's ridiculous that I collect Social Security, have a Medicare card, have a WV voter's registration card, but I can't get a WV driver's license because I dont't have a copy of my marriage license from almost 50 years ago in Germany.
OMG, LL, I feel for you, and for so many other women! I didn't know about The REAL ID Act of 2005, and that it is to blame for this. From WV's DMV site (in bold red print):

**Please note: Due to increased security and information requirements for the REAL ID Act of 2005, all new driver's licenses, license renewals, and ID cards must now have the applicant's full legal name. If your current driver's license has your middle initial only, you will need to bring a certified birth certificate or passport with you to DMV the next time you renew your license so the change can be made. If you have a different name than what is listed on your birth certificate, due to marriage or other circumstances, you may need to bring additional documentation, which may include a certified marriage certificate.

If you choose to have your full name put on your license before your renewal notice has been sent in the mail, DMV will not charge you for the cost of the new license.

http://www.transportation.wv.gov/dmv/driver-l...

The Florida news article below gives a great account of the problem as it relates to women with name changes proving their identity, just like what you're facing...

Dozens See License Renewal Effort Stall Over New Federal Documentation Guidelines
Confusion over new federal guidelines on documentation spawns frustration

http://www.theledger.com/article/20100308/NEW...

I wish you my best. I'm happy to see that you got lost in those old letters you came across. That's always fun.

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