Couple denied motel room after clerk says Puerto Rico driver’s license not valid ID

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(WCMH) – A Puerto Rican couple visiting California says they were denied a motel room because the front desk clerk didn’t believe they had valid U.S. identification.

Raul Villanueva and his wife spend most of Monday traveling for their niece’s wedding. When the finally reached the lobby of a Motel 6 in Rancho Cordova, Raul says the employee would not accept his Puerto Rico driver’s license to verify his reservation, KCRA reported.

“I think this is the first time they’ve ever rejected my license. I was surprised,” said Villanueva. “I said, ‘Well, This is a license from the United States, that’s Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is the United States.’ She said, ‘No, it isn’t.'”

When Villanueva was able to reach someone from the Motel 6 corporate office, they admitted a Puerto Rico driver’s license is on their list of valid ID.

The couple ended up staying the night with a relative, and they still have not received their money back. Motel Six did not respond to KCRA’s request for comment.

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