Richmond newspaper goes off the deep end on postal identification requirement

We’ve seen some pretty hysterical letters to the editor complaining about the way immigrants are supposedly treated SO much better than native born Americans, but this one takes the cake- this item was actually written by someone on the “staff of the Richmond Times Dispatch”:

A friend calls to our attention one of the odder policies at work across the nation.

If you want to rent a post office box, you must provide two forms of identification. The Postal Service will accept several kinds, from a driver’s license to a mortgage to a university or business ID card. And it will take an alien registration card or a certificate of naturalization. But not a birth certificate.

Got that? If you’re a legal resident alien and have the papers to prove it, the Postal Service will accept them. But if you’re a born-in-the-U.S.A. citizen and have the papers to prove it — well, tough luck, kiddo. In the Postal poker game, an alien registration card beats a birth certificate every time. There’s something seriously wrong with this picture.

Yes, there is definitely something wrong with this picture, but it’s not what the newspaper thinks. It apparently never dawned on these clever folks that a birth certificate doesn’t actually provide any information the US Postal Service is interested in. First of all, it doesn’t prove your identity- anyone can get a copy of a birth certificate. (Which of course also means that the “friend’s” precious piece of paper does not prove he’s a citizen!) Secondly, it has no information about where you live.

That’s why the USPS, as a commenter pointed out to the paper, requires two forms of identification, “One with your photo, and one with your current physical address”. An alien registration card, along with many other forms of ID, provides both. The newspaper might just as well have claimed that the USPS discriminates against people who read books- it won’t accept your library card either!

What I’m curious about though, is this “friend” of the newspaper who informed on this shocking practice- what sort of person goes around with a copy of his birth certificate in his pocket, but no drivers license? Given how proud he is of his origin, you’d think he’d have a passport, too- and maybe a firearms ID card. Makes you wonder if the “friend” is really a citizen at all, doesn’t it??

via Postal disservice | Richmond Times-Dispatch.

  • danny

    i guess the Richmond Times didn’t check to see if that staff employee graduated high school.

  • Paula

    Because of fraud is one reason for not accepting a birth certificate.A birth certificate is not an ID,it is proof you are an American citizen.You wouldn’t want someone to open a Po box under your name and steal your Idenity.