I applied for a U.S. passport, thinking it would be a relatively simple process. My experiences with the United States Department of State and those affiliated with it have tried my patience and my patriotism. Currently my existence is being questioned. My birth certificate and drivers license was not enough–they still think I am an impostor.
I received a paper entitled “SUPPLEMENTAL WORKSHEET” that appears to have been typed by an 8 year-old. It asks for my history, stopping just short of my favorite breakfast cereal and times I sneezed in 1993. With this worksheet I need to provide original documentation from childhood to the present establishing my existence. It would be easier if I could just give them a DNA sample.
It’s a bit bewildering that I could pay taxes for 16 years, have a drivers license for 15 years, vote for 14 years, and register a vehicle for 12 years and still not exist.
When I called to find out why my existence was being doubted I got a helpful lead: new documentation is not trusted. I had renewed my license right before filing the application, and I had also acquired a new copy of my birth certificate to submit. The fact that both of these documents were fresh off the presses doomed me.
Having your existence doubted is frustrating.