You haven't even been convicted of a crime, and yet your one and only photo ID could be confiscated by the police. You have an important medical procedure scheduled for the next morning, but you can't get medical care without an ID. This is one more way the law tramples on all of us, but especially the poor and the minorities. License confiscation has spread from state to state without question - nobody ever stops to say, "This is a stupid law that oppresses the accused for no purpose." I don't know of any state that explicitly prohibits this practice. Here is a partial list of things you can't do without a photo ID.
Get medical care. some clinics will treat you without ID, others will not. Well who needs medical care anyways, right?
Purchase medical marajuana for your condition. (This is a special case of medical care.)
Fly on a commercial airline. If you fly to Florida on vacation, rent a car, get a trivial traffic ticket, and lose your picture license, guess what, you can't fly home again. Oops!
Ride Amtrack, or certain other commuter train lines.
Perform any transaction at a bank, even get your own money out of your own account.
Get a loan or mortgage.
File for bankruptcy.
Buy a gun.
Get a marriage license, or hunting license, or license to do just about anything.
Apply for a job.
Enter a secure government facility for any reason.
Visit someone in jail.
Buy or lease a car, even a rent-a-car for a few days.
Get your car out of impound. Hey, why should you have access to your own car anyways?
List an item at a pawn shop, or, retrieve an item that you have previously listed. Even if you have the money, your computer could be lost for want of an ID.
Stay at a hotel.
Buy an alcoholic drink.
Purchase an expensive item at a store with check or credit card (they may ask for ID).
Other things I haven't thought of.
Please send along any corrections or new information. I am not always up to date on all the laws in all 50 states.
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