A veteran's obstacle-filled quest...for a driver's license | KOB 4

A veteran's obstacle-filled quest...for a driver's license

Casey Torres
July 20, 2018 09:39 PM

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. – It’s been a month since 82-year-old Charles Hooper and his wife moved to Amber Skies Senior Park from Iowa.


Chuck, as his friends call him, served in the Air Force for 20 years, having retired in 1974.

“Most of my assignments were in cold weather: in Canada and Alaska, North Dakota, New York, Wisconsin, Iowa,” Chuck recounted.

He’s known his wife for 57 years, but they married just two months ago. High on the priority list as a couple: moving to a place with plenty of sunshine.

“We decided to move and retire somewhere and make our own circle of friends and just have an easy living,” Chuck said. ”And that’s why we’re here in Alamogordo.”

He said they love New Mexico. However…

“We’re having a little trouble getting our driver licenses and registering to vote and (get our) car registered,” Chuck said.

The couple has been to the Department of Motor Vehicles three times.

“And each time, we seem to come up short with something,” he said.

He listed all the documentation they’ve presented to the DMV—their old driver licenses, vehicle registration, birth certificates, etc.

He said it feels like they’re trying to prove if they’re citizens or not.

KOB headed to the DMV in search of answers, but no one could talk to us or provide a number to call. Instead, we asked them to call us back when they could with a statement.

Chuck, meanwhile, says he’ll keep trying and waiting for a call.

“If they contact me, I’ll be happy to come up," he laughed, "and get my picture taken and get a driver's license."


Casey Torres

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