What Documents Are Acceptable to Verify Your Identity?


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Typically a state or federal issued identification such as a driver's license, state-issued identification card, military identification card or passport is sufficient to verify identity. In some cases, a student identification card may be acceptable, but this is not always guaranteed.

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State and federal identification typically contain photos and key information about the individual in question, such as address, telephone number, birthday and social security number or some unique identifier. Thus, they are considered proof that, at some point, the owner of the identification has provided satisfactory proof of his or her identification to an authorized government agency. Young children who may not have a state or federal identification can also provide school or medical records as acceptable proof.

For employment, it is also often necessary for an individual to establish residency and work eligibility using supporting documents. Acceptable supporting documents are social security cards, birth certificates and green cards. Those who do not have the appropriate supporting documents can obtain them from local relevant government organizations. The social Security Administration issues social security cards. It also re-issues lost or stolen cards. Birth certificates are considered public record and can be obtained by anyone from local city and county offices.

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