Citizenship roadblock cleared for Ore. woman, 94

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GOLD HILL, Ore. (AP) — A 94-year-old Southern Oregon woman who uses a car to pick up her medication now has a renewed Oregon driver’s license after four months of uncertainty.

When Helen Mary Thomas of Gold Hill was born in rural Tennessee, no doctor was present and no birth certificate was issued.

But since 2008, as a guard against terrorists getting phony ID, the state of Oregon has been requiring drivers to prove citizenship to renew their licenses — generally by presenting a birth certificate or passport.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports that for Thomas, transportation officials first issued a temporary license and then accepted Census reports from 1930 and 1940, state voter registration records and her old driver’s license to prove citizenship.

Her son reports Thomas is back in good spirits.


Information from: Mail Tribune,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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