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I am a retired Navy chief with 20 years’ service to my country; five tours in Vietnam. I have a retired ID card; have had a Maine driver’s license since 1950.

I went to renew that license in March and was asked for my birth certificate. I offered my ID, which is issued by the federal government as proof of being a U.S. citizen. It was not good enough. The birth certificate was required. I went home and got the copy of my birth certificate that I used to get married in Japan in 1963. That wasn’t good enough for the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

I went back home and got the original certificate.

It took almost half a day to renew my driver’s license, and the president still has not shown his.

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Looks like it is easier to run for president of the United States than it is to get a driver’s license renewed in this overtaxed state.

Roger Thomas, Lewiston

Editor’s note: According to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles,  effective Nov. 15, 2008, to obtain or renew a driver’s license or non-driver identification card, you must provide valid documentary evidence of legal presence in the United States. That proof includes a certified birth certificate, passport, certificate of naturalization or certificate of U.S. citizenship, among other things. For more information, to go www.maine.gov/sos/bmv/licenses/legalpresence.htm

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