'Tribute to time': in California, the girl was given a REAL ID with a photo in which she is wearing a mask
Leslie Pilgrim, 25, received an ID from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) with a photograph of her wearing a mask. How it happened, said the publication CNN.
“I think this cannot in any way qualify as a legal identity document,” Pilgrim said.
In early February, Leslie visited the DMV in Laguna Hills to apply for a REAL ID, which is a federally accepted form of identification.
The California DMV website requires REAL ID applicants to provide the required documentation in person.
Pilgrim said the agency had very strict adherence to social distancing protocols.
“It was really creepy,” she recalled. “Immediately when I arrived there, I thought that I had better not break any of the rules, because they might send me to the back of the line.”
Eager to be careful, Pilgrim tried very hard not to remove her mask unnecessarily. When she finally made it to the queue, she said, the DMV photographed her twice - once wearing a mask and once without her.
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“DMV did take me two photos,” confirmed Leslie Pilgrim. “One with a mask, and the other without it, after which the first one somehow got lost in the process, and they sent a masked photo.”
The California DMV said the masked photo was a mistake.
“Clients are asked to remove face masks when they are photographed,” the department explained. - In this case, there was an oversight. The employee should have asked the client to remove the mask for the photo. "
The department said that they would find out how this could happen, and assured that the identity card is valid, despite the presence of a mask.
"DMV staff contacted the client and made an appointment for a new photo," - said in the message.
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Pilgrim said she had not tried to use her ID yet and said she had an appointment so she could take a new photo.
Although the girl will soon be issued with a new ID, she plans to keep the document with a masked photograph to remember life during the pandemic.
“It's definitely a tribute to the times,” says Leslie. "It's the perfect souvenir."
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