Washington, DC Follows Rhode Island’s Example On Drivers Licenses

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KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid)

Washington, DC has announced that on it’s new drivers licenses, it will no longer go by it’s actual name of “District of Columbia” and instead will go by the more common moniker of “Washington, D.C.” The reason for this change was because Washington residents travelling outside of its 68.34 square miles have come to realize that there are a lot of people, many employed by the Federal Government in agencies like the TSA…or, more importantly, bartenders and bouncers, have no idea what the District of Columbia is and won’t accept the DC drivers license to let people fly or get a drink, both which tend to be rather important for Washington types.



So they’re going back from the city’s actual name to Washington, DC., mostly to cater to those people in the nation that possess that most unfortunate of combinations; ignorance and authority.

Rhode Island does something similar. Rather than go by the state’s actual name of “The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations”, we long ago cut it down to “Rhode Island” to save money on ink. That said, there is something that could be added to our own licenses to cut down on confusion for Rhode Islanders travelling outside the Northeast.

The struggle is real.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Rhode Island Correspondent


Tristan’s just this guy, ya know?