Hello all, this is my first post but I have been reading and lurking for days since a coworker mentioned this site when we were talking about collecting tons of random factoids and having the noggin for ‘useless trivia’
Something someone I know is going through got me thinking not just about his particulars but also about how can one prove with no documentation who they are? Everything you get for ID is based off another document in this country. Advice on this situation is appreciated, but also I’m exploring the idea in general of how we ‘prove’ ourselves.
Someone I know lost all their records and cannot come up with a birth certificate due to being born a US citizen over seas to a military father. So how would that person prove identity?
Subject has been in the US since the 1950’s and record archive searches by appropriate authorities (not sure which agency) have come up empty regarding entry documentation that should establish citizenship and/or identity.
Social Security office says they are listed as a citizen, so we are presuming some form of proof had to be offered decades ago to get a SS card. But they will not hand over whatever they have on file if anything.
He has a valid ID in CA but subject is currently in FL and lost the ID.
FL has some abnormally high standards for proving identities.
All other paperwork was lost years ago.
No living parents.
Part of me is really intrigued here on multiple levels when looking at this as a logic puzzle using illogical systems (gov bureaucracies).