How Can I Get An ID?


Dear Bob,

I need to know what steps a person could take to sue/force the hand of a state government agency that is not allowing me to obtain identification. This has been keeping me from job interviews, working, renewing/applying professional licenses, renting/buying a home, traveling, banking/using credit/investing, regaining my drivers license and entering buildings/locations that require identification. I’ve been suffering through this identity issue for well over two years now. No lawyer has been helpful in telling me where to start. Most lawyers say I have to get arrested without identification first to even have a possible case. Getting arrested is something I’m not willing to do to resolve this problem. I don’t want that to happen. As things are now I can be taken into custody every time a officer asks me for ID. With the way things are headed in our country, I am in a lot of danger due to various legislation passed or sitting in wait to be signed in to law. There are too many laws that affect my ability to function/live my life so I go nowhere these days and do nothing. If I can’t furnish an ID; merely saying who I am and giving my address along with my SSN might not satisfy their expectation of proof of identity every time there is a encounter. This could mean me going to jail every time I’m asked for proof of identification. It’s getting to the point that I really can’t live a normal life.

I could really use some sound advice. The State bar association has not been helpful at all in recommending a lawyer who could help. I have my birth certificate, voter registration card, old expired passport, which I tried to get renewed through the parent sponsor program, and many other forms of proving who I am. I’m an American citizen and both of my parents are still alive. I’ve tried to have my father apply for a new SSN card on my behalf, sending them my certified Birth Certificate that has my father and mother’s names listed, since I have no picture ID to obtain a new SSN card. The SSN office declined the application because they said they need a photo ID which I can’t obtain from the State issuing body because they demand proof of SSN, but I can’t a get new SSN card without a photo ID from a Federal/State issuing body. I have letters from the Social Security Administration and Department of State about why they can’t fulfill my request; they all say I need a photo ID. I have email communications from the State government agency that issues State ID cards.  I have well over seven documents to identify who I am.  

Thank you


Dear Travis,

I am I afraid I cannot help you. However, I will open this up to the readers to see if they have any advice.

Best wishes,


Personal Liberty

Bob Livingston

founder of Personal Liberty Digest™, is an ultra-conservative American author and editor of The Bob Livingston Letter™, in circulation since 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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