California DMV Lets Marine Vet Wear His Marine Corps Hat In License Photo

By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
January 3, 2016 Updated: January 3, 2016

A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps recently went to get his license renewed but he was asked to take off his “USMC” hat, which stands for U.S. Marine Corps, in order to get the photo done.

The veteran, Alex Morales of Bakersfield, Calif., said he didn’t want to remove the cap, he gave a reason, which is now going viral on Facebook.


SCORED ONE FOR VETERANS!!Today Alex went to the DMV to renew his license. When he was told to go have his picture…

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Morales was twice discouraged by the DMV to to wear the cap, but he insisted, according to the Bakersfield Californian newspaper.

He explained that members of religions are allowed to wear headgear in their licenses, and he later said that the Marines was his sworn religion.

A post from his wife reads:

Today Alex went to the DMV to renew his license. When he was told to go have his picture taken he noticed that there were some men having their picture taken, these men were wearing turbins on there heads.

Alex was asked to take his hat off to have his picture taken. He said “no”, and “no” again when asked the second time. When he was asked why he would not remove his hat he said, “those men didn’t remove their head wear, I shouldn’t either”.

It was explained that this was their attire and their religion. Alex told the DMV person that what he had on was his attire and when he entered the Marines he declared an oath to the USA, and one nation under God, so that his oath was under God so just as good as his religion.

Well, the DMV people didn’t know what to do, they spoke to supervisors and called Sacramento. Alex was told, after an hour, that he could wear his hat for the picture and if there were any problems they would let him know and he could appeal their decision. He told them if there was a problem he WILL appeal it.

Alex feels no one has more right to display their head gear then a Veteran or active service person. When he left several employees at the DMV clapped quietly for him.