Q: May you wield your power over the DMV for these extremely aggravating issues.
First, when you do anything on the DMV website, pasting is disabled. Today, I tried to pay my registration fees using my bank account. Since I have my bank account details stored in a document, I usually just cut and paste it.
Nooooo, not with the DMV. They force me to hand type the information (and thus, potentially, to make mistakes). The same happens when you apply for a REAL ID. I was helping my wife with her REAL ID application, but the DMV likes to make people’s lives difficult, so they made it impossible to cut and paste information (in this case, a passport number, twice).
Also, prior to even being able to apply for a REAL ID, we had to create an account using id.me for my wife. The DMV, in all their wisdom, decided that the last name field for new user accounts cannot contain spaces. Well, guess what, my wife’s last name contains a space. Thus, the DMV forces us to use the wrong last name on an application for a REAL ID. Again, this is something that they purposefully coded into the application. It does not happen by accident.
A: The DMV website does not allow the copy/paste function for customers’ security and protection. Processing transactions on the DMV website requires Personal Identifiable Information (PII), which necessitates protection from instances when a customer uses a public computer to complete DMV transactions.
On your question about spaces in a last name when applying for a REAL ID, spaces are allowed.
Q: Please advise San Jose State students not to park in the parking lot belonging to Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church, located on the corner of S. 10th Street and San Salvador in San Jose. Saint Paul’s experienced a horrific burn to the sanctuary on June 8th, and the area is now a construction zone. The parking area will soon become a staging area for our church restoration, and we cannot do any restoration if we cannot get our trucks into the parking lot. The construction has already been delayed by one week and we have had to tow 25 cars, thus far. We don’t want to tow cars away, but we simply cannot get any construction done if the students take over our parking lot. I have been advised that there is plenty of parking available on campus.
Nan Recker, San Jose
A: Hopefully, it helps to include your letter here, and hopefully, students heed your request to park elsewhere. Towing charges for those who don’t drives the lesson home, too.