It requires less documentation to get a United States passport than it does to renew your driver’s license in Florida.
Here’s what you need to get a passport:
That and a photo and $135 and you can travel the world… or Windsor, Ontario.
Here’s what you need to renew your drivers license in Florida:
Proof of citizenship includes a government-issued birth certificate, a valid U.S. passport or naturalization papers, plus your original Social Security card, and proof of residential address such as recent utility bills or mortgage receipts.
Gee, I wonder why that is. The usual excuse is that these heightened requirements were put in place to prevent terrorists from getting false documents and doing evil things. Except that the State Department rules are pretty much the same as they were when I got my first passport in 1971, and Florida waited until 2009 to change the rules, including adding the proof of residency and citizenship. (When I got my first Florida license in 2002, all I did was turn in my old one from New Mexico.)
So what happened in 2009 that made the Florida legislature become such hard-asses about letting people have the privilege of getting stuck on the Palmetto Expressway? Any thoughts?