Papers, Please

To: Luke
From: Owen
Re: An Excellent Intern

This week I went to get my Oregon driver's license. Unlike other state DMVs, you don't walk out the door with your card here. While the main office in Salem approves things, you carry around a provisional license on a piece of printed paper, which looks like something anyone with a decent printer could forge.

So I've taken to carrying my passport with me, not that anyone with as little hair as I have should ever be reasonably carded, regardless of what the "We ID Under 65" or whatever card up front says. Haven't had to use it yet.

But it makes me wonder why it is I have to take this much care to be able to prove who I am before setting foot out the door.


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I thought all you needed was your North Carolina id and they'd just swap it out with some proof of Oregon address. Maybe that's just Washington...