Today I drove into Anchorage to get replacement Social Security cards for the kids. I had them a few months ago — and then put them somewhere “safe.” I believe they will be very safe, wherever that place is, because it ain’t anywhere to be found.
I took in their birth certificates and US Passports for identification and hoped I’d be in and out fairly quickly. I was, but not with replacement cards ordered.
It turns out the Passports expired a few months ago. Now, the document itself is the same, the kids are the same, so why couldn’t it be used as a form of ID? Because the date on it said 2010 and not 2011. No, I wouldn’t expect it to be able to be used to travel out of the country, but as a form of ID? It’s a Federal document, it should work.
“No sir, it’s an *expired* Federal document.”
No problem, because I also brought the birth certificates. But apparently that’s not good enough for the Social Security office — an original copy of a birth certificate doesn’t tell them who you are.
“That’s not good enough.”
It was suggested I get updated Passports — do you know how that happens? I send in the BIRTH CERTIFICATES. That’s all the ID that’s required. So if a birth certificate can be used to get a Passport, and a Passport is all you need to get a Social Security card, shouldn’t a birth certificate be all you need in either case?
“We have different rules than they do.”
Then it was suggested that I have the kids’ dentist fax a copy of their dental records and that could be used as ID because it’s from a doctor.
The dentist has NEVER asked us for ID for the kids. So the Social Security Administration will take a faxed copy of a dental record as ID, but not an original copy of a birth certificate. Why? The only reason I can think of is that they are, collectively, morons.
As the title of this post says, the Federal Government is an ass.