Anyone who knows me well can attest that I wasn’t cut out to live in pre-technological times. Among my quirks failings is that I can’t keep up with any sort of paper document or card. Seriously, just put the microchip in my neck like a dog and be done with it. So it should be no surprise that I recently found myself without any legal form of identification.
How’d I manage such a feat? I started by dumping my wallet into a lake. Then, lacking the time to invest in going to get a new drivers license, a carried around my passport as a substitute. That is, until I managed to misplace said passport on a return trip from Durham. No clue where to find my social security card or birth certificate, it was as though I didn’t exist.
As creepy as that situation felt, though, what really bothers me now is how easy it was to replace my IDs…Studying the various websites, it looked like the first key was to come up with an original birth certificate. Fortunately, April was able to lay hands on mine, because it would have required a personal visit to North Carolina or a $50 fee and 30-day wait on my part to get that given my lack of other documentation.
Next was the social security card, although they inexplicably turned their nose up at my birth certificate and latched on to the ghetto color-laser-in-a-transparent-sleeve company ID had our designer trump up the morning I started this odyssey. That and a few questions that weren’t that hard to answer got me a new social security card.
From there forward, it was all cake, save for the long line getting my DL at DPS because they had recently fired half the staff and half of the other half took the day off.
The whole episode made me get religion about identity theft, though. Hard to believe how easy it was to find an identity.
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