Wednesday, October 30 2013, 11:08 AM MDT
Holladay Women Hassled Over Document That Appears Fake
(KUTV) By now you've probably heard about the new requirements to get a driver's licenses, including providing a birth certificate.
What happens when the state says your real birth certificate is a fake?
It happened to a Holladay woman and she decided it was time to get Gephardt.
A few years ago the rules to get a driver's license changed. We now need to prove we're U.S. citizens, but an error over fifty years ago is preventing this woman from being able to drive.
Kathy Guiver has been driving for many of years and she knew all about the new driver's license regulations. So when she couldn't find her birth certificate she ordered a new one from her birth state Illinois.
Someone typed Kathy's father's name where her name should be, then crossed it out and wrote her name in next to it and when Kathy took this birth certificate to the Utah D.M.V. she was turned away.
So Kathy contacted the state of Illinois to request a copy without the obvious typo. Frustrated and unable to renew her license, Kathy asked Gephardt to investigate.
Illinois wouldn't talk to us since the birth certificate involves sensitive information, but they did call Kathy and told her the mistake happened over fifty years ago, in 1955, when she was born.
They told her they cannot legally fix it today; the certificate is her legal copy.
So, this time Gephardt went to the Utah Driver License Division on Kathy's behalf.
Spokesperson Dwayne Baird says he can see why Kathy's birth certificate raised a red flag, but he says the division should have worked harder to confirm that the certificate was not a fake.
The D.M.V. finally accepted her legal birth certificate and renewed her license to drive.
Baird says they do have ways to authenticate documents and if you know this one is real ask that they take those steps.
The Utah Driver License Division days they will use Kathy's case as a training opportunity for their employees.
(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcasting 2013)