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1 teresa January 20, 2011 at 8:13 pm

as i understand, these passport cards have RFIDs embedded.

i’ve seen a lot of ways to disable the RFID (including smacking with a hammer).

i long used a passport as my sole form of ID; unfortunately, it’s gone missing.

i’d stick with the booklet type–unless they now also have RFIDs–then smacking with a hammer might not be such a bad idea!

2 Beth April 1, 2011 at 8:26 pm

I have heard that if your passport (or anything else) is supposed to “talk” and it doesn’t, you may have a huge headache. The laws for passports DO NOT require a social security number — they do require your “TIN.” That’s how they stated it – TIN – with no discussion of what that means. They cannot ask for SS#, so they try to fool peeps into it instead. A TIN is a taxpayer id number which has been requested by someone for the sole use of reporting tax info as an alien self-employed person. Do NOT confuse this with your social security number. My suggestion is leave the field blank, which is what those without a TIN must do. Attach a copy of the 26 USC 6039E law to your application, with the line (b)(1) highlighted and a note stating that you don’t have a TIN. When you submit the forms just be matter of fact about not having one, like it’s normal not to have a TIN — which it is — except many people have been told it really means enter your ss#. If asked, just show your copy of the law, and say you just don’t have a TIN number, “whatever that is.”

3 OM May 8, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Why would I want to carry around an RFID chip everywhere I go?

Quote from the gov website:
“To increase speed, efficiency, and security at U.S. land and sea border crossings, the passport card contains a vicinity-read radio frequency identification (RFID) chip. There is no personal information written to the RFID chip. This chip points to a stored record in secure government databases. ”

OH… they are just doing it to increase speed, efficiency and security.. then it must be ok..

4 Trace Mayer, J.D. May 11, 2012 at 8:30 am

OM, so you can be chipped, tagged and tracked like a piece of cattle.

5 Jon June 7, 2012 at 9:49 pm

So is the OP recommending using this as ID within the USA? Many international destinations require a passport (book), particularly since that has a signature block on it and ability to stamp entry/exit stamps.

6 David February 13, 2013 at 9:21 pm

What about the World Service Authority ‘world passport’? My understanding that Ecuador and several African nations recognize it defacto.

Someone I know has used an affidavit with apostille to travel to South America and back.

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