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Having an Identification Before Doing Anything. Why an ID?

Updated on October 24, 2014

You must have an ID and a permit to camp in a National Park.

You also must have an ID and a fishing license to fish in a National Park. You can hike 10 miles in and you still need your ID.
You also must have an ID and a fishing license to fish in a National Park. You can hike 10 miles in and you still need your ID. | Source

There are restrictions in the U.S.A.

My wife who looks about 25 years old got "carded" in a restaurant just the other night. For those unaware that means that the waitress asked for ID in order to establish my wife's age prior to serving her the margarita that she ordered. You see where we live you must be at least 21 years of age to consume alcoholic beverages legally. So if you look 30 and under chances are good that they will want a picture ID with your age on it prior to serving you booze. (as an aside it is a great compliment to a woman in her forties, although negative ladies just get irritated)

This shows the need to have an ID to do certain things in this country. We will look at other examples. This is a hot topic because states are beginning to require ID's before you can vote.

Let us be clear: you do not need an ID to live in this country. You can live completely "off the grid". Not having an ID simply means that you cannot do certain things.We give out ID's as a means of proof that you are you and you are permitted to do certain activities. Certainly examples are popping into your head right now and we will touch on those here.

Chances are good you need an ID and a permit to panhandle or sleep outside someplace.

Farming, lemonade stands and writers

In this great country you must have an ID in order to farm your own land. We are not talking about gardening here for the most part. However we are talking about a backyard sustainable farm project if you meet certain thresholds like livestock or a certain amount or you sell some of your produce. "what?" you ask. Sure you need a permit to farm. Zoning laws require it in most circumstances. And in order to get that permit even if the land is yours own, you will need an ID to apply for that permit and to pay your fees.

So even the simple act of growing food for a living or for sustenance requires and ID. The same is true for doing just about any kind of business legally. Just to be a writer in your own home, if you make any money you need a business license from your local government and in order to get that you need an ID. Technically those pesky little children selling lemonade need an ID in order to get the sales license and health permits to operate. Or they could just be employees or contractors for their parents who would need IDs. Oh wait they would then need food handlers certificates which require showing an ID.

If you want water to your house you need an ID.

If you want this rug rat in pre-school you need an ID. This little guy even has a social security card and a passport card.
If you want this rug rat in pre-school you need an ID. This little guy even has a social security card and a passport card. | Source

Go ahead and have a baby.

Yes you can have a baby at home or even in a hospital without an ID. The hospital basically has to let you in without an insurance card or other ID if you are in labor and have no ID. Very funky and probably you will not pay your bill. But wait a second. Most people and indeed states like to have birth certificates. To get that you basically need an ID. I am sure you can get around this but again it is very funky indeed. So here is one where you can possibly get around having an ID but when that baby is born it gets one called a birth certificate.

How about you?

Do you even know anyone without some form of ID?

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Go ahead and break the law.

All of these things you can do illegally without the appropriate ID. And yes we all can see the horrible concept of us all being numbers in some machine that can reduce our freedoms and put us on unwanted lists.We all get the dangers of big brother having too much information about us. Shoot they can trace where we drive to and what our spending habits are and what we eat."They" no how much money we declare in income and where we were born and if we attended school. IDs are a bit scary. And to require everyone to have one is even scarier!

In '74 I was walking down a street and happen to have left my ID with my sister. I ended up in jail and it took some wrangling to get me out. Of course this was in East Berlin and a demand for "papers" was as common as drinking beer or bier. I would not like that here in the United States. But I appreciate some requirements for IDs.

You really do not need a permit to watch a sunset, unless you watch in an area that requires one.

They say that nothing in life is free. Well just maybe nothing in life can be done without ID.
They say that nothing in life is free. Well just maybe nothing in life can be done without ID. | Source

Here are some interesting ones.

Just try to get a marriage certificate without ID. Sure you can go to a priest and get married but a lot of good that does you without the certificate. Of course we have heard it said "who needs a piece of paper, we love each other". Just ask yourself why does my "spouse" not want a certificate?

Please drive a car without a license. Your ticket and fines will help build new roads and pay the salary of the nice man who gave you all those tickets.

Buy a house. Why not? Who needs proof of who you are when they loan you 100 big ones.

Buy something, with cash, over $5,000.00. If there is no ID involved expect a visit from your friendly homeland security officer or the local stolen property detectives.

Attend a school class and get credit for it without a student ID. Go ahead and just try that one.

Forget having a checking account, ATM card or credit card without an ID.

Please tell us you legally rented a house without ID, we would all like to know how and where to do that.

If you get a job without ID please do not come whining when you do not get paid.

And finally next time you get in a car wreck do not ask the other driver for an ID, how rude would that be?

So you want to vote without an ID.

By golly it is your right! Last year I was told I could not vote because I already had voted. Well no I had not voted. In this case the wonderful cheerful trilingual voter helper ballot box worker had simply scratched through the wrong line. So they figured it out and I voted.

Then I said just kidding my name is John Smith and I want to vote. They started to actually look it up.

Come on now, requiring an ID to vote is just a no brainer and we should do it. You telling me a guy cannot see an R rated movie but he can vote without an ID? Perhaps I should go door to door and tell people that I will vote, or get someone to vote for them, without an ID check who would be the wiser?

I should ask for an ID before I let you republish this article.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My little one has a passport card and it is just too cute. We did use it at Seaworld once to make sure we got the "little guy" price as he looks very big boy for his age. It is a fun subject if we just lighten up a bit.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      When my five year old grandson got his school pictures they included a photo ID...he said, "look Mom, I have a driver's license". So the ID is in the eye of the beholder ;)

      Voted up, funny, and interesting.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Perspycacious that is a great idea. My wife does that for me and usually gives a little curse at the end of checking ;-)

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I usually check my ID daily in front of a mirror to make sure I'm still me.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Dora, I would sure say that the benefits for all concerned sure outweigh the downside.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, I appreciate the ID and all the privileges and restrictions which go along with it. Thanks for a pleasant reminder.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Theresa, I need all the promotion I can get. I got "carded" at a playtown today. I thought that was a great idea, so they know just who is there with the kids.

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Eric - Loved this Hub and your varied examples. It does put all the hullabaloo and hysteria about Voter ID in perspective. Why should voter ID make us any more upset than all the other times ID is required?

      Is big brother real and do we need to be careful? Sure, but to be hysterical about voter ID, you should be hysterical about any and all requests for ID. That kind of world won't work. Great Hub. Theresa

      Posting this on Faebook fully attributed to you. If that is not OK, let me know and I will take it down.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      DDE I like that comment as it rings with truth. I do not know if that is good or bad, but it is truth.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An ID shows you who you really are without it your non-existent

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Don't ask me, I get banned all the time ;-) If my hubs are shut down tomorrow we will know.

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      Carl Richardson 2 years ago from Midwest USA

      Is it actually possible to speak freely about this?

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I lived off the grid for a while but it was such a hassle and half of it was illegal (Taxes that is). I trust big business and the gov. enough not to do that again.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All true, and hard to argue with any of it. On the other hand, Big Brother is, indeed, watching. Good thing I trust my government or I'd become paranoid. LOL