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  •  Soc Sec can be obtained w/o (9+ / 0-)

    a birth certificate if you're patient and are willing to produce lots of other identifying stuff.  My mother, now 89, was born at home (out on a remote farm) and never had a birth certificate issued to her.  When she retired and applied for Soc Sec they worked with her to obtain other documents that would verify her identity.  Being born at home was  not unusual for her generation so working around that is an issue the gov. has experience in.

    Her real problem came a couple years ago when her purse was stolen and she had to cancel everything.  She didn't go get another State ID card in a timely manner and when a special occasion arose she found out she would not be allowed to fly without a Drivers license or state ID card. She decided to take the train - same deal, no ID: no ticket.  She attempted to get a reissued state ID BUT the licensing bureau clerk she talked to told her they would not reissue her ID card without a birth certificate to prove who she was.  (Keep in mind she had already had state ID cards in the same state for decades) but suddenly it was a big deal.

    My brother advised her to skip the clerks working the counters at the licensing bureau and ask to speak to the supervisor so she could explain her situation to someone who had the authority to make an exception.  She did exactly that and within a half hour she was on her way with her new State ID card.  

    She has another "special occasion" plane trip coming up next month and she guards her reissued ID card like it was made of precious gems.

    •  Thank you so much for sharing (5+ / 0-)

      In my heart I was thinking - her Mom got a really nice person at social security to work with her.  Not so much at the DOV - but both stories give a coping mechanism - which is very important and I will definitely keep them in mind.

      Thanks.  Work arounds are good to know about and to use.

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