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December 06, 2006

Three Forms of ID

As David and I move forward on our wedding plans, the whole process seems pretty cheap and easy: apply for the licence at least three days in advance, no bloodwork, a $20 fee for the license and another $10 for the ceremony. The problem, however, is that we each need to show three forms of ID: driver's license, Social Security card, and birth certificate. We found last night that David doesn't have a copy of his birth certificate, and getting one from Riverside County, CA will require getting the request notarized, paying $40, and hoping it gets here by December 27.

Three forms of ID seems pretty gratuitous. And why can't we just show passports instead of birth certificates, given that we needed to show birth certificates in order to get the passports? My theory is that they want to be able to prove that we aren't related. In Michigan, it is illegal to marry one's parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, stepparent, stepchild, aunt, uncle, or cousin. I guess they need the birth certificates to prove that, between the two of us, we have four different parents with four different last names.

Posted by eklanche at December 6, 2006 11:16 AM

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