Since the tragedy of September 11th 2001, the United States government has made it mandatory that adults have a valid state issued drivers license or identification card. For those who drive, it may be equally important to have both types of identification.
Should you lose your drivers license or it becomes suspended,a state issued ID card, ($10.00) in Virginia will suffice for every situation where you must provide identification, except for one. You cannot use this form of ID for operating a motor vehicle.
I was recently asked to show ID when using my debit card, at Wilson’s Leather store in Concord Mills N.C. I had my drivers license with me, but if it had been lost or suspended, I also have a state issued identification card.
Without ID, I would not have been allowed to make my purchase. Wilson’s is not the only retailer to ask for ID. I saw signs in several stores at Valley View Mall, in Roanoke Va., stating they require ID when using a debit card. Most people do not mind showing ID, but other object.
Women often switch pocket books, or wallets, and in doing so at times not everything gets transferred.Keeping your license, and ID card in separate places, will ensure that if you lose one, you will still have the other.
I know a man who does not drive, but has two state ID cards. He told me that he got a call one day abouta job, just after his billfold went missing. He was able to identify himself, and he obtained employment, because he had his second state ID in a separate location.
Nothing is more frustrating than going through the process of proving your identity at the DMV. I have a cousin, whose license was lost when he moved. In order to obtain another, he needed two approved forms of ID. Because he did not have a state ID, he had to order his birth certificate, which took close to two weeks.
You may never lose your drivers license, it may never expire, or be suspended. Even so, consider the old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It is much easier to purchase a state ID card for $10.00, than to order and wait for a birth certificate. While you are waiting , there may be inconveniences you encouter because you do not have valid ID.
It is $12.00, for a replacement birth certificate in Virginia, if you desire to wait for close to 2 weeks. You can have it expedited, for $45.00 and you will get it in 5 or 6 days.