Saturday, September 24, 2005

Strangely, They Spelled 'Tarczewski' Correctly


No license for errors when dealing with MVC

Friday, September 23, 2005


If you have a name like Tarczewski, chances are good that some bureaucracy will misspell it and drive you crazy for weeks while you try to figure out why your rebate check is late or why you can't log on to your new e-mail account.

This is the burden Gary Tarczewski has carried for 47 years.

"I'm used to it," said Gary.

Still, the Bergenfield machinist wasn't prepared for the news he received from the state Motor Vehicle Commission when he tried to renew his driver's license under New Jersey's new, ultra-secure digital licensing system. You see, Gary's name was misspelled on his birth certificate.


Gary knew this, of course. Although Tarczewski was spelled exactly as his mom and dad had intended, his first name had grown an appendage:


"Nobody ever made a big deal out of it before," Gary insisted. "Even when I got married; even when I got my first New Jersey license."


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