State changing policy after woman’s name fails to fit on driver’s license

Janice "Lokelani" Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele
Janice "Lokelani" Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele

The state Department of Transportation is changing a policy after a story KHON2 first reported Tuesday.

Janice “Lokelani” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele called KHON2’s Action Line frustrated with her state identification card and driver’s license.

Due to the 35 character limit of the ID, it cut off the 36th letter of her last name and would not show her first or middle names.

The state says by the end of the year, it will increase the number of allowable characters.

There will now be 40 characters allowed for the first name, 40 characters for the last name, 35 characters for the middle name, and five characters for any suffix.

Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele’s story has gone viral, being covered by major news organizations around the world.

“I have had phone calls all day today from all over the world calling me about this story. People are telling me about other people who have just learned about the story and seeing how long my name is.  I’m not the only one. I hope that solves problems for other folks in the future,” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele said.

 

Related story: Action Line: State alters woman’s name after it fails to fit on driver’s license

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