What can I use as valid ID while I have no valid ID?
June 21, 2010 8:55 AM Subscribe
I am temporarily without valid ID- what to do?
posted by Dormant Gorilla to Law & Government (18 answers total)
Putting this on askme because I'm getting conflicting info from everywhere I've googled, so I'm hoping for a definitive answer.
About a month ago, I left my wallet in a cab (stupidly, yes). So I lost my license and everything else. I reported it lost, canceled my cards, etc., but I have no license. I put off going to the dmv for a couple of weeks because....well, because going to the dmv sucks, and I was using my passport for ID. I have now applied for a new license, but it's not going to arrive in the mail for a few weeks (this is NYC).
Yesterday I happen to glance at my passport and I can't believe this, but it's about to expire. This Friday. I suppose it was irresponsible of me not to check sooner, but what are the odds that the thing was set to expire THIS WEEK? And apparently an expired passport is not valid ID, for getting into bars, etc. I'm 32, but I look really young and I get carded frequently.
I have a friend coming in from out of state and he's going to be staying with me for the next couple of weeks, and he's going to want to go out- so I can't just be a hermit till my ID arrives. What the hell do I do? I've checked and it seems there is no way to get a state photo ID immediately- those have to be mailed also and take weeks. I have my birth certificate- will that, plus a passport that's only a few days past its expiration date, get me into bars? This is insanely annoying and I feel like I'm kind of stuck, here.