The Tennessean reports on the difficulties encounters by bearers of Tennessee's new Certificate of Driving, which is not meant to be used as identification. The certificate's limits in relation to a driver's license are evident in grocery stores, where a certificate-bearer can't use it to buy alcohol; and some insurance companies refuse to issue policies to certificate-bearing drivers.
"Elivic Gomez, 19, a student at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, said the certificates are worthless if the driver can't buy legally required auto insurance. ... Gomez will be required to get a certificate when her license expires in 2007 and fears the limitations and stigma of using the driving certificate. ... 'I'm in college and it's embarrassing to have to show a driving certificate,' she said. 'You pay the same money and go through the same process and then get a certificate. It's not fair when people do the same things and only get a certificate.'"