In the September 12, 2013 issue of the newsletter (at http://goo.gl/1vt6CH) I wrote about a Hawaiian woman who was denied a driver's license because her last name was 36 characters long and wouldn't fit on the state's drivers license. Janice Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele (KAY'-ee-hah-nah-EE'-coo-COW'-ah-KAH'-hee-HOO'-lee-heh-eh-KAH'-how-NAH-eh-leh) has now received her new license and ID after her campaign to get her full name on the cards prompted the state Department of Transportation to change its policy and expand how many characters can appear on a driver's license.
Hawaii driver's licenses and ID cards previously had room for names of up to 35 characters. But her name has 35 letters plus an okina, a mark used in the Hawaiian alphabet. The new policy allows 40 characters for last names, 40 for first names and 35 for middle names. Let's see if that is sufficient for all future licenses.
If she later marries into your family, will her name fit in your genealogy program?