Janice Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele Gets New Hawaii ID Card And Driver’s License

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A Hawaiian woman whose last name is 36 characters long has finally convinced the state government to allow names with more than 35 characters on its driver’s licenses and identification cards.

According The Associated Press, Janice “Lokelani” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele, 54, received her new license and ID after she campaigned to get her full name on the cards, and pushed the state Department of Transportation to change its policy to lengthen the number of characters that can appear.

“Now, in the state of Hawaii, we are no longer second class citizens because of the length of our name,” she said.

The new policy allows 40 characters for last names, 40 for first names and 35 for middle names.

Her surname, which includes an okina, a mark used in Hawaiian alphabet, is the only name her husband went by; it came to his grandfather in a dream.

Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele received her name after marrying in 1992, and said that after husband died in 2008, it was important for her to keep his name but had to carry two IDs to do so, The Wire reports.

Her driver’s license only had the first 35 letters of her last name, while her state ID had her whole name. Her state ID expired in May and the replacement looked identical to her driver’s license, so she was left without an ID that had her first name or full last name.

Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele said her husband had the same issues with documentation.

“He always had problems with trying to get people to use his whole name,” she said. “They would chop it up into smaller pieces.”

Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele is now hoping to get the Social Security Administration to allow more characters on its ID cards, which only allow for last names of up to 26 characters.