State alters Hawaiian woman's name after it fails to fit on driver's license

A woman in Hawaii has had to carry two forms of identification for the past 20 years because her full name doesn’t fit on her driver’s license.

Janice “Lokelani” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele says she’s been told by the county to re-take her maiden name or shorten her last name, KHON2.com reports.

But she doesn’t want to because it would mean taking away the one thing she has left from her husband, who passed away.

To make her name fit on her driver’s license, the state dropped the 36th letter of her last name and doesn’t print her first or middle name, according to KHON2.com.

So she carries a state ID which in the past included her full name.

That’s until her ID expired in May and her new one was mailed to her formatted just like her driver’s license.
It apparently causes problems for Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele when it comes time to travel and when she was questioned by police during a traffic stop.

She turned to KHON2 for help and when they pressed the Department of Transportation for answers they were told the state was working to extend the character limit to possibly 40 characters “so that issue can be resolved.”

Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele said she appreciates any attention to the issue because it will not only help her, but others who come after her who are also going to be dealing with this.

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