Mistaken identity keeps Loganville man from renewing license

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Williams discovered the man who received the ticket in 1986 had his same name, birthdate and Social Security number.
LOGANVILLE, Ga. —

A Loganville man said a case of mistaken identity at the Department of Driver Services could cost him his license.

This man told Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh he's had a Georgia license for 30 years and renewed it at least four times.

But when he came to the DDS officer, they said he has an outstanding ticket from 1986 in a state he says he's never been to.

"(It's) a real huge headache for me. It's really a nightmare," James Williams told Kavanaugh.

Williams said the nightmare began July 6 when he came to the Department of Driver Services in Norcross to renew his license. His renewal was denied.

"And I asked her why. She says well your name is coming up in our database as having an outstanding ticket," Williams said.

Williams said the outstanding ticket was issued in Illinois in 1986.

"Never been to that state in my life," Williams said.

Williams said he's renewed his license several times and never had any issues.

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DDS said when someone renews their license their name is run through the National Driver Registry, or NDR.

A DDS representative sent Kavanaugh a statement that said, "Finding a ticket that old would be unusual, but not unheard of."

Williams said he contacted the Illinois Secretary of State's Office.

He discovered the man who received the ticket in 1986 had his same name, birthdate and Social Security number.

Williams said there was one significant difference.

"The person is Caucasian, green eyes, brown hair, 5-feet 5-inches, and I don't think I meet that description at all," Williams said.

Williams said that person described on the ticket is now deceased.

He said he's trapped between two state governments that aren't communicating.
Williams showed Kavanaugh the paperwork that said he has until the end of the week to get this resolved or his driving privileges in Georgia will be revoked.

"I have no idea, how I'm gonna get around," Williams said.

Kavanaugh reached out to the Illinois Secretary of State's office. They said they would look into Williams' situation.