California's Drivers License for the Undocumented Carries Risks

California's Drivers License for the Undocumented Carries Risks
To apply for an AB-60 license, undocumented immigrants originally from Mexico need only to provide one form of identification including a Mexican voting card, passport or consular card. For undocumented immigrants applying for licenses from other …
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Mazzaglia: Honoring the rescuers
In his role as “passport control officer,” he was able to forge thousands of passports and visas for Jews which enabled them to leave for Palestine. Foley even hid whole families in his home until he could get them safely out of Germany. When the war …
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The Real Singapore editor allowed to visit sick father in Australia
… motivated by a desire to avoid facing justice but by an “unfortunate family calamity”. “I further note that prosecution, after initially objecting to the application, is now amenable to do so after obtaining an undertaking by co-accused through his …
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Why Homeland Security says your Illinois license isn't enough valid ID

Why Homeland Security says your Illinois license isn't enough valid ID
In addition, U.S. citizens must show a valid U.S. passport, original or certified copy of a birth certificate, consular report of birth abroad, certificate of naturalization from the Department of Homeland Security, or a certificate of citizenship. Non …

What ISIS Really Wants
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been its leader since May 2010, but until last summer, his most recent known appearance on film was a grainy mug shot from a stay in U.S. captivity at Camp Bucca during the occupation of Iraq. Then, on July 5 of last …
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Protection of workers
QUESTION: I am a supervisor with a construction company in Doha. The company does not provide any safety gears at the site for the protection of workers. First-aid medicines are also not given. As per Qatar's laws, is it mandatory to provide care and …
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Real ID: Extra driver's license security good for air travelers

Real ID: Extra driver's license security good for air travelers
If you travel on commercial airliners and use your Nevada driver's license as an identification card when you pass through the security line at the airport, you're going to have to spice up your ID card the next time you renew it. (Jeff Scheid/Las …
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Wooing Retail Investors via Online Trading
He outlined that his firm has simplified the account opening process for new investors as they only need to fill account opening form and upload scanned passport photo, scanned utility bill that is not later than three months, scanned specimen …
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Top Democratic Lawmakers Stand by Sheldon Silver After Arrest on Federal
The 70-year-old Democrat was taken into custody Thursday by the FBI on federal charges that he took nearly $ 4 million in payoffs and kickbacks, crimes that carry up to 100 years in prison and could cost him his political seat. He was released on $ 200 …
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Military IDs sufficient for Fla. driver's license soon

Military IDs sufficient for Fla. driver's license soon
Documents satisfying a form of identification, as listed on the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website, can be a certified U.S. birth certificate, valid U.S. passport, certificate of naturalization, consular proof of birth abroad or an alien …
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Spies Scramble to Unravel Hebdo Mystery
Although French authorities had records of the older brother, Saïd, traveling to Yemen in 2011, officials now believe Chérif may have used his brother's passport to make the trip. Saïd did not have the same long rap … They see the operations as the …
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Applying for an Expedited Passport Without a Driver’s License

When you are applying for an expedited passport, it’s crucial to make sure that you have all of the correct documents with your application. Otherwise, you probably won’t get your passport on time. To apply for a passport, you need proof of identity and proof of citizenship. Most people use their driver’s license as proof of identity, but what if you don’t have one?


Here’s a list of other documents that can be used as primary identification to apply for an expedited passport:


An old passport, as long as it has not been damaged.

A copy of your naturalization certificate, if you are a naturalized citizen.

A current government-issued ID. This ID may be issued by your city, your state or the federal government.

A current military ID, if applicable.


What if you don’t have any of the documents listed above? That’s where it gets tricky: you’ll need to submit secondary identification instead of primary identification. Secondary identification comes in two flavors: a collection of documents that show you are who you claim to be and an identifying witness.


Bring as many documents as you can round up that prove you are who you say you are. Examples include but are not limited to: your social security card, credit cards, library cards, employee ID cards, student ID cards, yearbooks with your name and picture, insurance cards, professional licenses, union cards, degrees and diplomas and utility bills.


If possible, you should also bring an identifying witness who can vouch for you. The identifying witness must come with you when you apply for the passport, and must be a US citizen or legal permanent resident with photo identification. You can’t have just anyone vouch for you: the person must have known you for at least 2 years. He or she must fill out an affidavit testifying to your identity.


Passports are issued at the discretion of the Department of State, so if they aren’t satisfied they may request more information before sending you your passport. All the more reason to send in as much documentation as possible!


Alison Kroulek is a freelance writer and blogger with a focus on the travel industry.