Woman's long name doesn't fit on driver's license

Sept. 12, 2013 at 12:29 PM   |   Comments

HONOLULU, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A Hawaiian woman whose last name is 35 letters long said the state has told her to shorten it to fit on a state-issued ID card.

Janice "Lokelani" Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele said she has been carrying both her driver's license and her state ID for the past 20 years because her driver's license could only fit her last name, and even that was missing its final letter, KHON-TV, Honolulu, reported Thursday.

She said the state ID was able to fit her full name.

"The governor's office went back into the computer department and they found a way to put our name on our state ID," Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele said.

However, she said her state ID expired in May, and the replacement issued to her by the state has the same name problem as the driver's license.

Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele said county officials told her to use her maiden name or shorten her last name. However, she said the name is all she has left of her late husband.

Department of Transportation spokeswoman Caroline Sluyter said the issue is being looked at by officials.

"We have been made aware of that issue and I know right now they are working to extend that limit to, I believe, 40 characters so that issue can be resolved," the spokeswoman said.

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