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How does a limbless person get their identification taken?.

Asked by AstroChuck (37438points) May 29th, 2008 from iPhone

When you get something notarized or cash a check at a bank where you have no account, plus many other situations involving records, you give a thumbprint. But what if one has no thumbs?

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Mtl_zack's avatar

peoples lips are identical, just like a thumbprint.

shockvalue's avatar

I’m sure they are pretty easy to recognize.

Adina1968's avatar

Dental records & don’t say what if they have no teeth!

marinelife's avatar

Astrochuck, old buddy, you have way too much time on your hands, or your whatever.

simone54's avatar

They just say “That guy over there without any limbs’. that usually works. Not too many of them.

richardhenry's avatar

The organization would likely make an allowance and allow for identification by photo only.

Zaku's avatar

What I do, even though I have fingerprints, is just tell people I refuse to let them do that to me. Seems to me like an offensive way to treat people.

simone54's avatar

@Zaku What?

Zaku's avatar

I find it objectionable that some organizations want to track people by fingerprint. I don’t consent and tend to avoid doing business with companies that try to insist.

AstroChuck's avatar

@Zaki- Just try to get a notary stamp without one.

Zaku's avatar

I don’t know what a notary stamp is.

Zaku's avatar

Ok, I checked and yes I guessed right what a notary stamp is.

Seems to me that the rise of so-called security and authentication measures are very wrong-minded, and fingerprinting is a part of it. Fear is creating perceived needs where there was none before. Fear, profiteering fear-mongering, and little else.

shorty's avatar

I’ve had a lot notarized and never had to give a thumbprint. A picture may help on id. I’m sure the law has provisions for a handicap person.

AstroChuck's avatar

In California you have to give the notary public your right thumbprint.

Zaku's avatar

In Iowa before 2002, a notary didn’t even need to have a stamp himself. I imagine there are still states of the USA where that’s the case. In any case many things used to work just fine without severe measures, yet here “the land of the free” is, unthinkingly accepting such changes left and right, as if it’s going to actually make things safer or somehow better.

shorty's avatar

Guess I have never lived in Ca. So I can only speak of SE Al. And Mn.

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