No Faith and Credit: No Third-party "Coupons" for Ohio
Those following the unfortunate case of Jeff "Hunter" Jordan (details here and here), who was arrested in Ohio for legally carrying a firearm for defense while traveling through a state plagued for years by an "Interstate sniper," know that the State of Ohio has based their entire case against Mr. Jordan on their choice to not recognize a license properly issued in New Hampshire. This is particularly odd and discomfiting because Ohio did choose to recognize Mr. Jordan's driver's license at the same time.
Viewed humorously, one can imagine Ohio highway patrolmen sitting at the side of the road with point-of-sale barcode scanners, sorting through the contents of your wallet like so many store coupons: "Sorry, sir. We don't take coupons from other stores," says the uniformed checkout clerk. "No, wait," says his partner. "This is Wednesday, double day; he can drive a car and a truck simultaneously!"
Of course, when the Kroger cashier refuses your coupons, you simply fail to get a discount. When Ohio ignores the US Constitution (Article 4, Section 1), to pick and choose which out-of-state licenses it will accept, you go to jail.
Personally, so long as Ohio pursues this anti-freedom (and unconstitutional, and unAmerican, and ... ) policy, I think you'd be wise to avoid traveling in -- and spending money -- the state whenever possible. But realistically, some people simply have to travel into Ohio on occasion. Such unfortunate folks should CYA.
Now that we know Ohio is likely to disregard your out-of-state license, and demand you have one of theirs ...
Or at least ask for one. Here's the address to which your license information request should be sent.
P.O. Box 16520
Columbus, Ohio 43216-6520
If you like the personal touch, you can also telephone them at 800-477-0007.
And here's a sample request, ready for your personalization:
Note that you don't really need to approve of licenses in order to yank Ohio's chain by using it against itself.
Doesn't it make you feel better about traveling in Ohio to know that you've done your best to bring this confusing situation the attention of the Ohio bureaucrats? Doesn't it give you a warm fuzzy feeling to know that those bureaucrats will be struggling to find some way to deal with thousands of such requests?
Let's get writing!
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