At the end of the day every single one of us is represented by a set of documents containing records of our birth and citizenship among many other things. This is the one area in which animals seem to be enjoying a better existence than us humans because you pretty much can’t do anything or go anywhere without providing proof that you are who you carry yourself to be. I don’t want to say because you are who you claim you are because it’s not a claim, you are indeed who you are, but it’s funny to have to think about how we spend all our lives proving our identities.
If you want to book a plane ticket, somewhere along the way you’ll have to produce your passport if you want to board the flight, but this requirement we’re constantly subjected to is such a big part of our lives that we don’t even give it a second thought.
Picture a scenario in which none of the documents required of you to prove your identity are within reach. Doesn’t this scare you a bit? It most definitely should scare you, especially if you’re a frequent traveller or even if you’re planning to travel abroad anytime in the future.
Yes, there are technological advancements such as biometric identity verification systems in existence, like the fingerprint scanners used at most international airports to detect the possible movement of internationally wanted criminals, but that’s pretty much as far as it goes with the deployment of that technology. They’re not really using it to verify the identities of cases such as destitute travellers for example, and until they do, for now one needs to think about how to prepare for a scenario in which they don’t have their ID with them.
I mean if you lose your passport abroad, it’s still a costly exercise to have a new one made and in the meantime you still have to provide for all the other costs of your trip, like your accommodation, your food, etc.
This is why every traveller needs to have a digital repository which they are to populate with every document imaginable that can be used to prove that you are indeed who you say you are. Yes, establishments such as international money transfer exchanges are strict in their requirements of needing original ID documentation such as a passport, but if you’re in a situation where you’re in dire need of some funds which might have been sent over to you for example, a digital repository of documents can go a long way in helping you.
If you’re dealing with a legal matter for example and you involve the likes of attorneys Groth & Associates, all the documents you keep in your digital repository can definitely be used to make a strong case for the special conditions around the need to waive certain requirements.
A digital repository can be any online storage facility which offers a secure way to upload and access your documents such as certified copies of your national identity, your passport, bank statements and records, etc.
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