Girl spends three years trying to get a NM ID
Posted at: 09/06/2012 8:21 PM
| Updated at: 09/06/2012 8:34 PM
By: Liz Lastra, KOB Eyewitness News 4
It took three years for 19-year-old Ariel Dehoff to get a New Mexico ID.
“I still bring them in that proof and they turn me away," she said.
Ariel's mom, Jennifer, said the hurdle is proving Ariel is a resident.
Ariel's address is a Post Office box and she doesn't have any bills in her name.
“It's just frustrating," Jennifer said. "I want my daughter to have her ID."
Ariel showed KOB Eyewitness News 4 the lease agreement signed from her mother and a bank statement with her physical address on it that the MVD's in Bloomfield, Aztec and Farmington asked her for.
But it still hasn't been enough.
“She got turned away several times," Jennifer said.
A spokesperson for the Motor Vehicle Department told us over the phone he doesn't understand why Ariel keeps getting turned away if she is bringing in the right paperwork.
He invited her back so they could resolve the issue.
KOB's cameras followed Ariel as she applied for her ID like she had so many times before.
This time - using the same paperwork - she had no trouble.
“I just got my ID today after like three years of trying," said an excited Ariel.
Jennifer believes the problem doesn't just end with her daughter but could be part of a bigger issue.
“I shouldn't have had to call the news station," she said. "They should have just given her what she needed."
The department said they work hard issuing thousands of ID’s a day to New Mexico residents and thanked us for bringing this issue to their attention.