A week ago, I got a letter in the mail telling me that I need to renew my driver’s license, but this time I must bring proof of citizenship. God forbid the local government upgrade to email, like everyone else, instead they rely on people being chased by the neighborhood dogs to not drop the letters while running like Usain Bolt. You would think for important documents they could at least send it certified mail, then at least there is a little more motivation for the mailman to deliver it.
Now to the other annoying part, I must prove that I am a citizen. To do this I, I can bring my birth certificate or an unexpired passport. But when I got my passport, I had to bring my birth certificate too, because somehow this magical document proves you’re a citizen. I also had to have my birth certificate to get my license when I first got it at 16 years old. I figure since we are dealing with the government, a tiny bit of logic is just way to much to ask, so even though I proved my citizenship decades ago I apparently have to do it again.
Back to the birth certificate, what about this document proves anything? It doesn’t have anything on it other than text saying your name, your parents’ name, the date and place of birth. No wonder it is so easy to steal someone’s identity. If you can get your hands on someone’s birth certificate, there isn’t really anything to prove that you’re not the person on the certificate. Then there is the fact, that your parents get this document when your born, and given the way most people are, it gets lost. If you need to get a replacement you can order one online. The things you need to fill out, you might actually be to get on anyone just by reviewing their Facebook page.
You don’t exactly have to be the world’s greatest criminal mastermind to get someone’s birth certificate. And this is the document that is used to prove citizenship? My mortgage, bank statement, utility bill, or tax records at least show that I am sending money to a place that supplies services to my home or gave me money to buy my home. My birth certificate does none of those things. I don’t mind having to prove I am a citizen, but figure out a way that cross-eyed, hairless llama couldn’t do. And if I did it to get my license the first time, how about not forgetting that I have already it.