In Michigan the local cops have decided anyone not being able to show an ID when they demand it is an arrestable offense. Interfering in an investigation is the charge I’m told.
However due to the federal regulations getting a replacement ID can be difficult and costly. In addition to the $15 fee there’s the cost of gas, and multiple trips sense they always seem to reject something for the first few trips. Like their list of acceptable documents lists school records. It doesn’t mention GED transcripts don’t count. Most people’s local Secretary of State (the agency in Michigan that handles these things) was closed down to budget issues so this is costly in gas. One also has to procure a replacement Social security card. The card it’s self is free, but getting to a soc office is costly in gas for many Michigan people. This is assuming you have access to a car which many don’t reliably.
I kept a tally of replacement costs for getting a new ID last spring. In gas, fees ect. the costs where over a $100. My wallet was stolen, someone was doing god knows what with my good name, and thank god I didn’t have my bank card in it.
It was pretty distressing. Meanwhile times where tight
The debate I’m posing is: Should it be illegal to not have ID on you at all times?
My position is: fuck no! It essentially makes wallet theft a crime where the victim can be punished because they can’t present papers to The State, while the thief goes free. It’s hard enough to get ID with the rash of xenophobic idiots making Washington DC meddle in Michigan’s affairs.
If Michigan wants to demand ID at all times it should provide the means to get ID free of charge.
Keep in mind I’m talking regular ID, not driver’s licenses. I do agree for safety reasons it’s necessary to establish identity to see if someone shouldn’t be driving, but people walking or biking? People in the passenger seat? Fuck No.