April 21, 2006

Now she tells me

So I go to the bank this morning to cash an unemployment check and the teller asks me if I have an account with that bank and I say "no" and she says that she needs two forms of I.D. and I say "that's new" and she says to me she says "no, sir, it's not, it's been bank policy since July of 2005". They never asked me for two forms of I.D. before. I can't use a debit card or an expired credit card so I am now the humble possessor of 3 dollars in cash and two checks that I can't cash. Bummer.

Posted by Tuning Spork at April 21, 2006 10:53 AM | TrackBack

Where is your Social Security card?

Posted by: Jennifer at April 21, 2006 12:50 PM

You have a driver license, right? And an insurance card in your name, right? How about the title to your car that's in your name? Or a library card? Voter registration card? Passport?

Posted by: RP at April 21, 2006 01:01 PM

Jen & RP,

Y'know, the teller listed a few options for a second ID such as Passport, active Credit Card, Military ID etc, but she never mentioned my Social Security Card. I have it right here in my wallet. She also didn't mention an auto insurance card which I have in my glove compartment. D'oh!

Don't have a passport or a current library card, though, and I've even heard of a Voter Registration Card. That must be a New Yawk thang.

Anyhoo, I cashed it at a check cashing place. They only required a driver's license. Cost me $2.08 but so what. All is well.

Thank you both for that info!

Posted by: Tuning Spork at April 21, 2006 02:29 PM

Well, she wouldn't mention the insurance card. The thing is, though, you can argue that it has the same indicia of reliability that a credit card has -- it is issued in your name by a third party who has a strong interest in determining your correct identification as who you say you are since they may have to pay you money one day. The Soc. Sec. card should also be acceptable since it is a federally issued piece of paper.

And what do you mean no library card!?! You ought to get one, you know. Keeps the costs down considerably if you like to read, which I know you do.

Posted by: RP at April 21, 2006 03:49 PM
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