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A Johnson County, Missouri woman was denied her regular driver’s license renewal at the Warrensburg, Missouri license bureau (a fee office) when she presented her Puerto Rican birth certificate as proof of American citizenship. People born in Puerto Rico are American citizens.

Mo. Woman: I Was Told To Get Green Card

Driver’s License Bureau Questions Puerto Rican Birth Certificate

POSTED: 5:41 pm CDT September 11, 2009

UPDATED: 7:15 pm CDT September 11, 2009

…the problem started when she went to renew her driver’s license in Warrensburg earlier this week.

LaPorte said she was asked to show her birth certificate, which she did. She was born in the American territory of Puerto Rico.

“I’m Puerto Rican, and Puerto Ricans are citizens. She goes, ‘Nope, you need to get your citizenship papers,'”…

It could have been worse. At least it wasn’t a Hawaiian birth certificate.

From a comment on the KMBC story:

Automobile in America, Chromium steel in America, Wire-spoke wheel in America, Very big deal in America! Immigrant goes to America, Many hellos in America; Nobody knows in America Puerto Rico’s in America! I like to be in America! O.K. by me in America! Ev’rything free in America For a small fee in America! West Side Story – 1957

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