DMV Relocates Driver to Unfortunate Locale on License
updated 6:19 p.m. ET, Fri., May 21, 2010
Renewing your driver's license can be a pain in the butt these days, but the task has caused quite a stir for one Florida woman.
Ashlee Lineberger of Englewood recently mailed in her $48 renewal fee for a new license and when she got her new state-issued ID back in the mail, she noticed that she was no longer from Englewood.
The license said she lived in "Eat Ass," Florida. We're still looking for it on the map.
"I only looked at it because I wondered what picture they would use," 31-year-old Lineberger said. "I thought I was a dreaming and I literally pinched myself. I was completely shocked."
The line that was supposed to display Lineberger's street address was replaced by the vulgar message and the state Department of Motor Vehicles has no clue how the mishap occurred.
Lineberger's husband, Charles, said after getting the run around on the phone with the state DMV, the couple went to the local DMV to get some answers. What they got was laughter and a quote for another fee if they wanted the license fixed.
"They thought it was hilarious like it was some kind of joke," he said. "Then they wanted us to pay for another license."
On Wednesday, state officials contacted Lineberger to apologize for the error and told her a new license - free of charge - would be in the mail. But she still doesn't have an answer to how she got the new address.
"It makes you wonder what these people are doing with all of this vital information if they can play around with a license like that," said Lineberger, who will be doing all her transactions in person from now on. "My view has changed that's for sure. You trust these people because they work for the government but somebody is obviously not doing their job."
But the Linebergers are not without a sense of humor. Ashlee said she plans on keeping the "Eat Ass" license even after she gets the real one.
"Imagine if I got pulled over by a cop and had to show this ID? I probably wouldn't be getting out of that ticket," she said. "That's priceless."