Last Name Approved [UPDATE]
There is good news for the woman in Hawaii that married into a rather large last name. Last September, a woman named Janice Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele was on a mission to have the laws in her state of Hawaii changed to allow for her entire name to be seen on her driver’s license and state ID card.
Last month, Hawaii’s Department of Transportation announced they would change their policy of only allowing space for names totaling up to 35 characters to a policy that allows 40 characters for last names, 40 for first names and 35 for middle names.
Janice “Lokelani” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele received her new driver’s license and said she was glad she was able to help fix the problem of driver’s licenses and state ID cards not having enough space. She says,
Now, in the state of Hawaii, we are no longer second class citizens because of the length of our name.
Janice Worth (maiden name) married into the rather long last name in 1992 when she married her husband, who had the name given to him by his grandfather. The name came to his grandfather in a dream, and to honor the heritage, she elected the name as her own.
Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele first had problems with her long name after a police officer was giving her a difficult time during a traffic stop.
She know hopes that the Social Security Administration will take a closer look at their cards and hopefully will also make the switch to allow more characters.