Matt Powers, Deseret News
This is Irene Christenson. She is a naturalized U.S. citizen. Served in the army. Has lived in her home state for more than ten years. Became a citizen almost thirty years ago.
Christenson has a Certificate of Naturalization. What she doesn’t have is a driver’s license.
Christenson has been trying to renew her driver’s license. The Utah DLD requires proof of legal status. According to this news article, her Certificate of Naturalization needs to be verified:
Homeland Security needs to verify the certificate, which usually takes seconds. When that didn’t happen in December, Christenson got a temporary license and was told it would take 30 days because her certificate is “too old” and not stored in a computer database.
That was six months ago. Please note that Christenson is trying to renew her Utah license, not obtain a new license. You can thank the Real ID Act for this. And remember, brown folks, get yourselves multiple proofs of citizenship. Because you might actually want to have a bank account or drive or something.