Marine Vet Told to Remove ‘USMC’ Cap for Driver’s License Photo. Then He Noticed a Muslim With…

by Jason DeWitt

When Marine veteran Alex Morales headed over to a California Division of Motor Vehicles office to get his driver’s license renewed last month, he was wearing his “USMC” baseball cap.

Marine Veteran Alex Morales (Photo source: Dave Urbanski)

Marine Veteran Alex Morales (Photo source: Western Journalism)

As Western Journalism reported

Once inside the facility, the Bakersfield resident readied to get his photo taken — but as his wife Henrietta recounted on a Facebook post, the DMV wasn’t too keen on his headwear and asked him to remove his cap.

Morales said no.

He was asked a second time. And for a second time, Morales refused.

Curiosity took hold of the official, who asked why he wouldn’t remove his cap. Morales replied that he saw Muslim men wearing religious head coverings who were getting photographed with no problem.

“Those men didn’t remove their head wear, I shouldn’t either.”

His wife recounted the DMV employees response — 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” — and therefore his oath was “just as good as his religion.”

Believe it or not, the DMV apparently didn’t know what to do. Henrietta said supervisors got involved and a phone call to Sacramento, the state capital, was made.

After an hour, Morales was given a preliminary verdict: He could wear his hat for the photo — but if there were any problems, the office would let him know, and he could appeal the ruling.

“He told them if there was a problem he WILL appeal it,” Henrietta wrote. “Alex feels no one has more right to display their head gear then a veteran or active service person.”

As Morales departed, several DMV employees reportedly stood and quietly applauded him — and he’s spoken to other vets who now intend to do the same thing when their licenses go up for renewal.

And the final verdict? On Dec. 18, Morales got his driver’s license showing him wearing the cap.

“Well he did it!” Henrietta wrote.

The post has been shared over 139,000 times.

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It isn’t clear on the California DMV website what the photo policy is, but a Q&A article in the Roseville & Granite Bay Press Tribune has this to say:

The department prefers the removal of headgear, unless it is part of your normal identification, or is worn because of religious beliefs.

In those instances, headgear is permissible as long as the individual’s face is visible. Generally, headgear such as a baseball hat can obstruct the eyes, nose, mouth or cause dark shadows. This can result in unacceptable photographs and unnecessary return trips to our field offices.

(H/T: Western Journalism)


  • Fletch

    Bravo for this vet. All whom have served our country should do the same.

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  • anony

    Awesome! Good for him. Religions do not REQUIRE headgear for photographs (i.e. Muslims can remove their burqa/niqab for security purposes where required).
    If many religions (Muslim/Jewish/other) are allowed to wear headgear for their photographs, then EVERYONE should be allowed.
    Soon enough, someone may create the religion of anonymous and will wear a Guy Fawkes mask as part of the religion.

  • Rusty.Not

    What does California do with women in black?

    • Billy Shahan

      Make them wear a lapel pin in the pic that says HO!

  • Kypat

    Everyone needs to remove thir head gear for official government issued ID’s.

    • Wiggle D

      Gotta love the special classes that California makes for the ‘under-privileged’.

  • Tony

    Good for him. I would suggest that they go to digital cameras so they can make sure the image or photo they take is of good quality. End of problems.

  • HeyJudeOregon

    I know my husband will be wearing his “Retired Air Force” ball cap when he renews his license!

  • William Stearns

    If a Muslim woman can wear a Hijab that covers her entire face except the eyes, a baseball cap is the least of your worries. Religious or otherwise a DL is a form of identification and should clearly show the face of the person being identified. Kudos to Mr. Morales.

  • Brian

    I salute you sir

  • Vincent Ciro

    Semper Fi

  • Albert Schmitlap.

    Though I don’t agree with ANYONE wearing headgear in a lic. photo,,,this man stood up for something we should ALL believe in Equality,,,if the Muslimes can do it,,so should Humans.

    • Jon Reynolds

      Equality, still has rules. How about so called “equality” for child molesters? After all, kids are supposed to OBEY authority. Right? (Now don’t worry, I’m just making a point)

      • ssn708

        A point that you have no ability to make a logical point whatsoever?

    • Danna

      If any foreigner can do it U.S. citizens should be able to do it to or discrimination.

  • Frank Loftice

    GOOD JOB SIR

  • Greg

    This is one of the best “feel good” stories that I have heard in a while.
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  • Bill K

    Good for him . Enough of this pandering to Muslims

  • rbonilla

    dumb ass gov’t minions…..

  • Edward belliveau

    Bullshit he’s right if men and women Muslims don’t have to remove there head gear neither does he good for him I give him much respect for sticking up for his rights there can’t be two sets of laws only one otherwise it’s discrimination

  • olddog

    from a fello Bakersfield VET..salute SIR..WELL DONE!!!!!

  • Ant. I. Liberal

    Standing TALL ! American Citizens who have had our Culture Attacked by the Political Correct Pussies are FED UP ! STAND YOUR GROUND AMERICA ! Enough is Enough !

  • Why should Muslims have rights that we don’t have? If they get to do something, we should get to do it too.

  • Danna

    Praise the LORD! Someone could take a STAND against bowing to the muslims and taking our rights away from us, as they think they can. I’m glad the US might be able to see a little through this.

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