Do you always carry your I.D. with you

@sacmom (14315)
United States
March 14, 2009 1:12am CST
Whenever I go somewhere I take my ID with me. Okay, so there was one time that I didn't as the place I went to was within walking distance and I was using cash and only planned on buying a soda, so I didn't bother to bring my ID with me. But other than that I always take it with me. Even when I don't drive...just in case I need it. When I took my oldest son with me to the hardware store there was a woman (along with a male companion, possibly her brother?) in front of us that wanted to pay for her items with her credit card. One problem though. She didn't have her ID with her. As she hadn't driven there I guess she didn't think she would need it. The cashier tried to help her out by asking if there was a pin, but the woman said something about how it's a credit card so it doesn't have a pin. Apparently she didn't have any cash on her, nor her debit card. So she and the man that was with her left the store. So, my question to you is do you always carry your ID with you? Do you even have an ID? Why or why not?
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@Zalvor (728)
• Turkey
15 Mar 09
I'm living in Turkey and according to Turkish law you 'have to' keep it with you at all times. So I always have it with me. You never know when the police may stop you for just an occassional check and you'll be taken under custody if you don't have your ID with you.
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
15 Mar 09
How old do you have to be in Turkey when its required to start carrying an ID?
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
20 Mar 09
That's a good question jess!
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
15 Mar 09
Yes, I always carry my ID with me where ever I go. It is an offense here in my country when you are caught without an ID. It happened once in my pub when there was a regular police check up for bad hats and I was not around then except for my 3 staff. When they were asked to produce their ID they could not produce it as they left it at home. The police officials did not take a lenient stand but arrested them that particular night. They have no choice but slept in the lock up for the night until I turned up to bail them out the next day. They have learned a lesson not to take ID lightly but should be with them all the time.
@jess368 (3368)
• United States
15 Mar 09
WOW, this is one of many responses that say you will go to jail if you dont have your ID! That is amazing to me
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
15 Mar 09
Yes, this is happening in my country. The country is being infested with illegal immigrants from the neighboring country and the Government is working hard to flush them out from the country. So the law was passed that every citizen should carry their ID with them so that they can be alienated from the illegals. Rounding up the paperless immigrants would be made easier.
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
15 Mar 09
Wow, in the United States once an illegal immigrant gets across the border it is almost impossible to send them back home! I wish we could have the same policy as your country! Where do you live?
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@Rustinas1 (440)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Yes, I try to always have my I.D. with me but there are a couple of times, as of lately, that I find going out of the house without it. I used to always be bugging my sister about never having hers with her and now finding myself slacking. My parents instilled in my head to always carry my I.D. for if anything ever should happen, I would hate to be a Jane Doe. Hopefully, nothing should happen like that, but one never knows. I've just been slacking, because my husband and I will take a ride, and I just don't think to grab my purse or anything because he usually does and likes to do the driving. I'm glad you brought this conversation up, I got to get of my keister (?) and stop slacking! It is really a good and healthy habit to always have.
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
24 Mar 09
Thanks Rustinas! I'm glad I brought it up because it sure got me think! I always knew it was a good idea to bring it with us, but with the store being so close to home I didn't bother. I'm never going to make such a mistake again! Even if I just down the road I'm taking mine with me, just in case...
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• United States
21 Apr 09
Well, I 'm guilty. I ended up going out the other night and boom, didn't have my I.D. with me. I forgot to take it out of the camera bag and put it back away. We went to a JROTC function and I didn't want to bring my purse along with the camera case, so I compacted down to one bag. So, I guess I just wanted to let everyone to keep aware to transfer it from one place to the other if you do something like this.
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
16 Mar 09
i try to. on occasion when i just go to my parents or to a friends i dont take id with me but i tend to put it in my car when im driving - ya need it. I wont leave my id with a store - and i always try to ahve either cash or my debit card with me. or both.
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
16 Mar 09
Oups forgot the why part. I was taught that when i drive i need my license just in case i get stopped or in an accident i can id'd. Same if i'm not driving. Plus u need it for other things - paying by cheque sometimes or picking up stuff at certain places. It never fails if i forget it i need it that day.
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
22 Mar 09
Yep, you sure do. I always take mine when I drive. I even take it when I am a passenger, just in case I end up having to drive. When I didn't take it that one time it was because I had walked it. But I'm taking it with me from now on even when I walk as we just never know when we're going to need it.
@jazzsue58 (2672)
14 Mar 09
The case for us all having ID's on us is a bit of a moot point in the UK - mainly because the government were a) saying it would be compulsory and b) we'd have to pay for them - whether we wanted to or not! Here, the two main forms of ID are a passport or a photocard driving licence, which makes it pretty hard for a youngster (or even an oldster) to open a new bank account etc. My daughter is in this position now. There is something called a 'citizen card' which you pay about £6 for - this is supposed to be as legally acceptable as either of the other two, yet shops and banks over here still won't accept them as proof of ID, even though you have to jump through all sorts of hoops to acquire one. As far as I know, over here both credit and debit cards get authorized by PIN - in fact most places won't accept a signature any more. Which seems kind of stupid. Surely it's easier to memorize somebody's PIN number than it is to fake their signature? Well, with my kids it is, anyway!
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
17 Mar 09
What good is a citizen's card if shops and banks don't accept them?
@jazzsue58 (2672)
17 Mar 09
Tell me about it! My 20 year old isn't exactly flush with cash at the moment, but is having to splash out on a passport just to get a credit account. Okay, so she needs a passport anyway, but this looks like legal blackmail to me. The CC scheme is supposed to be legal - but the government appears to have quietly explained: "But don't tell the customer that. Get them to pay over £70 for the alternative, instead!"
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@whiteheron (4223)
• United States
17 Apr 09
I carry my ID with me because one never knows what will happen. I want people to know my name and where I live at least. I also may need it if I have to drive, if I have to rent something, or deal with police or whatever else could happen if I walked around in town.
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
17 Apr 09
Those are all great reasons to always bring our ID's with us.
@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
21 Mar 09
Ah... ID. I tend to loose things so as a rule I don't carry it, which is not very smart. Never thought about being asked for my ID when using a credit card though, that might pose a problem.... Still probably better than loosing it and having to replace it.
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
24 Mar 09
I wouldn't want to lose mine either, but I'd rather take that risk than be without it because anything could happen. And I for one wouldn't want to end up as a Jane Doe.
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
21 Mar 09
Wow, sacmom, you got many replies to this one.. Yes, I almost always take my ID, you never know when you need it...
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
24 Mar 09
Thanks for noticing carmela! LOL That's very true. We never know when it'll come in handy, so it is best to always bring it with us.
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@Browisn (782)
• United States
21 Mar 09
Just one question. Do you always get so many responses to your posts? Thanks. Happy MyLotting...
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
24 Mar 09
Not always Browisn. Not always.
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@dpk262006 (56220)
• Delhi, India
20 Mar 09
HI! Sacmom! Yes, I always carry my ID Card with me, specially when I am going long distance, because you never know, when you may require it to prove yourself. Sometimes, at night, while driving, you are stopped by Police people to cross-check your identity and if you have your ID card with you, you can go easily, otherwise, they may harrass you on one pretext or the other. Very Good post!
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
24 Mar 09
Thanks dpk! I think it is important to bring it with, even if it is only a short distance. Because anything could happen where it could come in handy. I'm never going to leave home without mine again, even when I go just down the street.
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@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Hi sacmom, I always have my ID wherever I go, first and foremost, I am not a US Citizen so I am sure it will be safe to have my ID and other documents anytime!
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
24 Mar 09
It's definitely a good idea, that's for sure!
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@laydee (12814)
• Philippines
20 Mar 09
I always carry my ID everywhere because I have a place for it in my bag. It's better to do so because there are many times we forget to take it with us that we realize we need it.
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
24 Mar 09
I have mine in my purse, or bag, as well. I rarely take it out of the wallet that it is in, but will do so whenever I walk down the road. It just isn't worth the risk to leave home without it, no matter how close to home I may be.
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
19 Mar 09
Hi sacmom! Yes, I do carry my I.D. with me all the time. I never go out without one I.D. at least in my bag or purse. I just want to have one that is readily within my reach just in case I will need it. Take care and blessings to you! lovelots..faith
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
23 Mar 09
Hi faith! Keep up this good habit, my friend!
@glords (2615)
• United States
16 Mar 09
My ID is like my cell phone. I feel incomplete without it. There have been occasions however, like when my son hid my wallet in the waffle iron, and I couldn't find it for three days, that I had no other option. I had appointments, shopping, and other errands that had to get done... wallet or no wallet.
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
22 Mar 09
Uh oh! I hope you keep it out of his reach now so that you don't have to go through that again.
@fasyahime (634)
• Malaysia
16 Mar 09
always..for safety precaution..for ex,in case you get caught by accident or involve in accident..you have back out that your a legal resident..if someone check your id,they can contact your home or your family..
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
22 Mar 09
Good point!
• United States
16 Mar 09
I always, always, always bring my I.D. when I leave my house. You never know what will happen!!!
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
21 Mar 09
Exactly. We never know. So there is really no excuse to leave home without it.
@Babymycah (166)
• Philippines
16 Mar 09
i always take my ID with me whenever I go out. You'll never know what will happen so its best to carry something that can identify who I am and whom to call in case of emergency.
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
21 Mar 09
Others could learn from your example.
@Browisn (782)
• United States
15 Mar 09
Hello Sacmom. Saw your disc. in MyLot Digest and I like the topic. I have a pet peeve about ID's. I always carry mine, since I am a man it's in my wallet so its no big deal to carry it. But, I wish all cashiers and tellers would ask you for your ID when using a credit card. With identity theft being such a widespread problem these days, we need to know that our identity is being protected by sales people. Thanks for the discussion. Happy Mylotting....
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Thanks, I'm glad you like it Browisn. I too wish all cashiers and tellers would this. But unfortunately they don't.
@Crysi23 (515)
• United States
15 Mar 09
Before My husband and I had a car I always carried my id with me even if I knew that I didn't need it. Now that we have a car and I can drive again I always make sure that I have my id with me. The only time before we had a car that I didn't carry my id with me was when I knew that I was going across the street to a store and I was using cash or my food stamp card. But that was the only time that I didn't carry my id with me.
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
20 Mar 09
I think it's a good habit to always bring it with as we never know when we will need it...even when we don't think we will.
@mcjeannie (704)
• Philippines
15 Mar 09
Hi sacmom...In my case I always carry my ID with me and never forget to bring it wherever I go.But not all days are good or perfect that it is always in your bag. Like 3 days ago, I went to visit my parents, niece and nephews in the province. I usually have my big wallet with me, even I changed bags. All discount cards, credit cards, calling cards, personal checks and other IDS can contain in this wallet. But that day, one ID is missing. That was my professional license, I changed my bag and is unlikely of me to misplace such. I've been 3 days already in my Mom's house and it's still missing and I didn't find it. I cannot use my credit cards as some groceries needed IDS with picture in it, the rest of my ID don't have. Good thing, I brought enough cash. To make the story short, when I was back home, the first thing I search was my missing professional ID. And there it was lying all the time in my scanner and I have recalled couple of days that I have been busy completing my application overseas. The benefits of carrying an ID all the time is so convenient and advantageous. It ease out the hassle of proper identification if you transact business and makes one aware the importance of carrying it all the time.
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
19 Mar 09
You must have been frantic trying to find it!