Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Georgia's attorney general has added some birth documentation to a list of identification documents government agencies in the state can accept for certain transactions as 'secure and verifiable' identification as required by HB87 in Georgia.
The law requires applicants for public benefits — including professional licenses and food stamps — to provide at least one state or federally issued 'secure and verifiable' document. Three documents were added to the list, issued by the U.S. State Department: certification of report of birth, certification of report of birth abroad, and consular report of birth abroad. Also added was an original or certified copy of a birth certificate bearing an official seal and issued by a state, county, municipal authority or territory of the U.S. No form of identification was removed from the list.
Some Republican politicians tried unsuccessfully to pass legislation to amend the list issued last year by the attorney general to remove foreign passports. The legislation said that to be considered 'secure and verifiable,' foreign passports would have to be accompanied by federal immigration documentation proving someone is in the country legally. The attorney general left foreign passports on the list with no additional qualifications or requirements. Government employees who administer public benefits can be fined or put in prison for not complying with this provision of the law.

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