TIP: Hang Onto Your Wedding License!

Even if you’ve been married and divorced oodles of times and have felt like trashing the marriage license,  don’t do it unless you’ve had a legal name change or have a saved copy of all your marriage licenses.  Otherwise they won’t let you board a plane even to another place in the USA now. I’ll add more in my next post so I can quote from the Ohio BMV regulations and I’ll try and see if it  just pertains to my state or them all,  and what the requirements–state or federal–for voting is. At first blush women are facing harsher restrictions than men re flying.   All I had was a wedding notice in the paper, an outdated visa, a photo id from a former government job, A local library photo ID,  many newspaper column gravatars  from 11th grade through the UF, plus a photo ID on the back of my book plus two copies of my birth certificate.  I hope to add more the next post or two. Readers are invited to share information in their comments.

 

About Nan Mykel

I used to think I would be a child prodigy, but then I got old. Formerly I had fantasies of rubbing elbows with cultural and academic leaders but that did not come to pass because I did not become a cultural or academic leader or any other kind of leader, for that matter. I am not even an "Alpha Dog," a term learned from a friend who had to become "Alpha Dog" in order to influence her own pet. (When gazes lock, she never looks away.) For years I expected to become a published author, but in passing I could not avoid the fact that I had little to contribute to the world's bulging dumpsters. I'm embarrassed to report that I also considered my primary process artistic productions powerful, rather than mildly neurotic. Which is not to say that I disrespect myself, only that I am beginning to doubt my potential for making a mark on the world. If I focus on strict self discipline I may be able to keep my garbage removed on a weekly basis, to keep the kitty box changed, the clothes cleaned, the dog watered, fed and walked, but that just catches me up to the starting mark again. When writing I physically grapple with words, wrestling them from their indifference into attempted chunks of awareness. I sit heavily on my chair; I breathe in artificially cooled air; my ear drums note the tap tap of the keyboard and the steady uninterrupted sound of the air conditioner, What is that sound? The roar of the ocean from 30 yards away...Inside, my thoughts are are balls in an electronic game machine, bouncing hither and yon from lever to lever. I am a little grim and intent until I recall a dream related by a black man in the prison where I once worked. He said that when he was a small boy, back home, he dreamed he was standing on his front porch pissing, and that he suddenly found himself pissing stars...
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2 Responses to TIP: Hang Onto Your Wedding License!

  1. jilldennison says:

    Say WHAT??? My impression was that a photo ID such as passport or driver’s license was all you needed to board a plane whether domestic or international. I shall try to catch your next post for additional info. I vowed on 11 September 2001 that I would never fly again, and I haven’t, but that’s not to say the occasion might not come about that I would, for one reason or another, have to take a plane somewhere. I’d be out of luck if I needed a marriage license … though I do have the death certificate of the late ex. And … we live in the same state … I never knew!

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    • Nan Mykel says:

      I still need to do that timely research and hope to have the time and energy after my surgery in Atlanta Feb. 10. At the present time as I understand it everything’s okay until you need your drivers license renewed. After that time as I understand it you will need to provide proof of full legal name via birth certificate (if unchanged from birth), unexpired and valid U.S. Passport or U.S. passport card, and two proofs of many proving your current address in the state. (I left out social security number requirement as too simple). More on today;s posting.

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