This article will show you some proof of identity documents you can always use in any country or states.
You can check out our previous post where we talked about Identity Card and it’s importance for every human being and how to get an identity Card if you need one.
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Identity Card Or Identity Document
According to Wikipedia, An identity Card or document (also called ID or colloquially as papers) is any document that may be used to prove a person’s identity.
If issued in a small, standard credit card size form, it is usually called an identity card (IC, ID card, citizen card), or passport card.
Some countries issue formal identity documents, as national identification cards which may be compulsory or non-compulsory, while others may require identity verification using regional identification or informal documents.
When the identity document incorporates a person’s photograph, it may be called photo ID.
In the absence of a formal identity document, a driver’s license may be accepted in many countries for identity verification.
Some countries do not accept driver’s licenses for identification, often because in those countries they do not expire as documents and can be old or easily forged.
Most countries accept passports as a form of identification. Some countries require all people to have an identity document available at any time.
Many countries require all foreigners to have a passport or occasionally a national identity card from their home country available at any time if they do not have a residence permit in the country.
The identity document is used to connect a person to information about the person, often in a database.
The photo and the possession of it is used to connect the person with the document.
The connection between the identity document and information database is based on personal information present on the document, such as the bearer’s full name, age, birth date, address, an identification number, card number, gender, citizenship and more.
Proof Of Identity Documents
There are UpTo 7+ documents that serves as forms of identification and all of them can be used as identity proof.
• Social Security Number (SSN)
In the United States, a Social Security number (SSN) is a nine-digit number issued to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and temporary (working) residents under section 205(c)(2) of the Social Security Act, codified as 42 U.S.C. § 405(c)(2).
The number serves as a proof of identity and is issued to an individual by the Social Security Administration, an independent agency of the United States government.
Although the original purpose for the number was for the Social Security Administration to track individuals, the Social Security number has become a de facto national identification number for taxation and other purposes.
A Social Security number may be obtained by applying on Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Number Card.
• Birth Certificate
A birth certificate is a vital record that documents the birth of a person. The term “birth certificate” can refer to either the original document certifying the circumstances of the birth or to a certified copy of or representation of the ensuing registration of that birth.
Depending on the jurisdiction, a record of birth might or might not contain verification of the event by such as a midwife or doctor.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 17, an integral part of the 2030 Agenda, has a target to increase the timely availability of data regarding age, gender, race, ethnicity, and other relevant characteristics which documents like a birth certificate has the capacity to provide.
• Passport Proof Of Identity
A passport is an official travel document issued by a government that contains a given person’s identity.
It enables its holder travel to and from foreign countries and to access consular assistance while overseas. The document certifies the personal identity and nationality of its holder.
Standard passports contain the full name, photograph, place and date of birth, signature, and the expiration date of the passport.
While passports are typically issued by national governments, certain subnational governments are authorized to issue passports to citizens residing within their borders.
• Driving License Proof Of Identity
A driver’s license is a legal authorization, or the official document confirming such an authorization, for a specific individual to operate one or more types of motorized vehicles—such as motorcycles, cars, trucks, or buses—on a public road. Such licenses are often plastic and the size of a credit card.
• Voters Identity Card
A voter identification law is a law that requires a person to show some form of identification in order to vote.
In some jurisdictions requiring photo IDs, voters who do not have photo ID often must have their identity verified by someone else (such as in Sweden) or sign a Challenged Voter Affidavit (such as in New Hampshire) in order to receive a ballot to vote.
• National ID Card
A national identity card is a portable document, typically a plasticized card with digitally-embedded information, that someone is required or encouraged to carry as a means of confirming their identity.