Identity is a tricky issue and one that has taken on many layers over recent years. Just a couple of decades ago, the idea of a crime of “Identity Theft” would have sounded like the plot of a dystopian novel. In fact, it has been. But these days, our identity is one of the most valuable things we have. If someone has your identity, they can take out credit accounts in your name and leave you penniless.
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Despite that, many of us do not currently have anything that could be described as an official form of ID. If you’re a driver, you’ll have a license, and that’s great. If you’re not, then hopefully you have a passport. If not, then proving you are you is going to be tricky. And if you are the victim of identity fraud, getting it sorted out can be close to impossible without the right documents.
The most fundamental form of ID we have is a birth certificate. This is our way of showing the world we exist, and that we were born in this place at this time. The President of the United States has been subject to rumors of faking his history. Those were only laid to rest when he presented his full birth certificate. And if even the President has to present his birth certificate to prove his details, it’s an issue for everyone’s whole family.
There are a great many of us who, at this moment, could not say where our birth certificate is or even if it’s still intact. It’s easy to tell yourself “if I need it, I’ll find it or get a new one”. But you don’t know when you might need to prove your identity in a hurry. It is essential to have a way of doing so. So if you don’t know where your birth certificate is, look for it as soon as possible.
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If you can’t find it or are simply sure you haven’t got it, you need to get a new one right now. There are online birth certificate sources where you can order a new copy. By applying for a duplicate birth certificate, you can then begin the process of applying for new documents. Even if you are not considering leaving the country any time soon, it may behoove you to apply for a passport.
It’s easy to think that you won’t need any form of ID because you don’t plan on traveling and have no intention of learning to drive. The truth of the matter, though, is that increasingly we are being asked for proof of identity. This happens now in situations where it previously did not. And there is no point in complaining that you didn’t need it before – you do now, and it will save time and stress to get it soon.
Although it sounds Orwellian to some people, the more documentation you have to prove your identity, the easier life is. And think of it this way: Would you like to be in a situation where people with no paper trail had access to everything they want?
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