I can certainly sympathize with Kenneth Caban Gonzalez, who moved from Puerto Rico to Georgia only to find that state officials rejected his legitimate identity documents even though he, like fellow residents of the island, is a U.S. citizen [“Driver’s license snags for Puerto Ricans end,” Digest, Feb. 12]. When I moved from Puerto Rico to the District some decades ago, a major bank declined to accept checks drawn on my account at Puerto Rico’s largest bank, even though the checks carried the same Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. notice and Federal Reserve routing numbers as checks from other U.S. banks. I was told that this branch did not accept foreign exchange, even though I pointed out that the island is part of the U.S. banking system.

It is disappointing to see that years after my experience, there are officials still so ignorant of the island’s status as part of the United States that Mr. Caban Gonzalez had to go to court to assert his rights as a citizen. I was able to take my business to a different, better-informed bank. But Puerto Rico’s peculiar, second-class status and so many Americans’ ignorance of it remain national embarrassments.

Beryl Lieff Benderly, Washington