December 21, 2006, - 10:07 am

Punking the Virginia DMV, Getting Licenses in Disguises: Maybe They Should Have Worn a Hijab

By Debbie Schlussel
My new heroes are William Carsola and Dave Stewart. They put on several different disguises that were quite obvious and went to the Virginia Dept. of Motor Vehicles to get driver’s licenses. They were never turned down, even though some DMV employees even recognized them from previous visits.
No matter how absurd the disguises, they were allowed to get licenses. This should be a wake-up call on how easy it is for anyone to get phony (costumed) driver’s licenses. And how easy it is to get multiple ones. These guys are heroes for exposing the absurd ease with which most states dole out driver’s licenses to anyone, including terrorists and criminals.


William Carsola, Dave Stewart w/Their “Disguised” VA Driver’s Licenses

It’s all on these two videos from YouTube. Watch ’em. They’re Hilariiiiiiiious!!!!

Yet, now that it’s embarrassed by this, the VA DMV is demanding that the men take new license photos or lose their driving privileges. Huh? Well, maybe Carsola and Stewart should have donned hijabs or other Muslim garb. Then, they’d cow everyone in the State of Virginia or anywhere else. And be able to threaten a lawsuit. And scream, “Islamophobia.”
More from AP:

With their skin painted bright red, spray-on hair and oversized fake teeth, the Virginia men looked a little like teenagers from Pluto but the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles issued them driver’s licenses all the same.
But after videos of the prank gained notoriety on the Internet, it was the DMV’s turn to be red-faced, and has ordered the men to pose for new license photos or lose their driving privileges.
Posted on, the video features scenes of Will Carsola spray-painting his face and neck bright red and Dave Stewart painting the top of his head black and sticking a row of fake buckteeth in his mouth in an Asian caricature. They each enter the DMV office and return with real licenses with photos of their new likenesses.
In another video, a shaved-headed Carsola comes out of the DMV with a photo of his eyes crossed, and another friend obtains a license after spray-painting on a thick, black beard and monobrow.
“We were like, ‘There’s no way this is going to work,'” Stewart said. “Even when I did the kung-fu guy, it surprised me how little they laughed. Will had red skin and they didn’t even tell him to come back when it was normal.”
The independent filmmakers, both 27, did the pranks as part of a new movie, “and it escalated from there,” Stewart said. . . .
Stewart said it was obvious that the oversized plastic teeth and spray-painted face weren’t physical disfigurements, and speculated that apathetic DMV workers probably just didn’t feel like questioning their appearance.

They just didn’t feel like it. Maybe that’s how so many 9/11 hijackers got driver’s licenses so easily. Some things never change . . . until we’re dead.

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7 Responses

Hi Deb,
Happy Hannuka (sic?). Merry Christmas, too! OK, one of two things are bound to happen because of these guys (God bless them!): the VA DMV will reassess its policies and at least ONE state will be sfer because of it, or; 2, they will be vilified as hooligans and the status quo will continue because our public servants are just plain stupid. I’m praying for the former!!

FreeAmerican on December 21, 2006 at 12:15 pm

Even thogh these guys are a couple of Jackass rip-offs, they give us all a laugh at the apathetic ineptitude of so many State Civil Service Employees. It’s funny, but it sucks.

Yiddish Steel on December 21, 2006 at 12:35 pm

what’s the 9/11 hijackers having licenses have to do with anything?

ConservativesLovePuns(descent) on December 21, 2006 at 12:46 pm

Now I know how scumbag who stole my identity, applied for credit cards and went on a shopping spree did it. Everything was done with a bogus drivers license from you guessed it ñ Virginia! It took me months and countless hours on the phone & filling out affidavits to get it corrected. Thanks DMV!!! A-Holes.

TonyDee on December 21, 2006 at 2:10 pm

Wow, you all are dumbasses! Anybody with even half a brain would know that those licenses were obviously photo-shopped fakes. I seriously doubt that he’d even be let in line looking like that, much less be allowed to have their pics taken for a license. Much MUCH less be allowed to have multiple licenses under the same name. Come on, people… THINK!! Use that minuscule amount of gray matter that’s rattling around in your brain cases. It’s not the DMV that was punked. It was YOU who were punked! You’re just too stupid to know it!

Lone Voice in the Wilderness of Stupidity on November 19, 2010 at 3:19 pm

I hope your writing and style have improved Deb, this was almosrt painful to read in this form.

Valora on February 18, 2012 at 10:02 am

No surprise here, I knew some Islamophobic bigot would use this as a chance to express their hatred of Muslims. What these guys did was great but you missed the point.

Gene Smolko on June 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm

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