dmv v usmc

Marines are trained to always stand true to their beliefs and always prevail — even when they are battling the bureaucracy of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

That’s why the driver’s license picture of Marine veteran Alex Morales of Bakersfield, Calif., shows him wearing a cap adorned with the letters “USMC” — a cap he was first ordered not to wear when he went into the California DMV office on Dec. 9 to get his picture taken.

Morales’ wife, Henrietta, proudly posted the story on their Facebook page, which has been liked by more than 300,000 people.

“When he was told to go have his picture taken he noticed that there were some men having their picture taken, these men were wearing turbins (sic) on there heads. Alex was asked to take his hat off to have his picture taken. He said “no”, and “no” again when asked the second time,” she wrote.

“When he was asked why he would not remove his hat he said, ‘those men didn’t remove their head wear, I shouldn’t either,’” she wrote.

“It was explained that this was their attire and their religion. Alex told the DMV person that what he had on was his attire and when he entered the Marines he declared an oath to the USA, and one nation under God, so that his oath was under God so just as good as his religion,” she recounted.

A gaggle of flummoxed DMV workers huddled with supervisors, called someone in the state capital for guidance and, after an hour’s wait, admitted defeat, warning Morales that he might not get his way and might have to appeal any final ruling. He promised that if they brought a fight, he would finish it.

“Alex feels no one has more right to display their head gear then a Veteran or active service person. When he left several employees at the DMV clapped quietly for him. He has spoken to few other Veterans and they plan to do the same,” she posted.

Nine days after launching his battle, Morales received his license, with the photo exactly as he wanted.

Comments (3)

  1. Douglas Nelsen (U.S.M.C.)

    Way to go, brother. These dip sticks just do not get it!!! God Bless Jarheads, any time any where. Good job.

  2. Kay

    As it should be

  3. NewsHound

    Good for the Marine!

    Per Yahoo News AU, some nutcase in Russia demanded he be allowed his DL photo be taken with him wearing a spaghetti strainer on his head as part of his “Pastafarian” religion. Not a joke. They allowed the photo with this proviso by the Russian DMV official:

    “The next time he is stopped by the traffic police, if he doesn’t have a pasta strainer on his head, his licence will be taken from him.”

    (Lol, great comeback by the dry-witted Russian.)

    1/17/16: “Pastafarian Man Will Lose Drivers License if Caught Driving Without Spaghetti Strainer on His Head”:


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