Saturday, March 13, 2010

No Photocopies Please!

“Photocopying and reproduction of Military IDs is punishable under federal law.”

I know, I did panic at first!

Knowing someone from the Navy, my spouse, in my case, gives you an idea on how the system works. Just recently, both D and I learned that photocopying his military badge is prohibited as per Federal Law.
Likewise, duplicating or counterfeiting such documents are prohibited per federal law.

“Whoever manufactures, sells or possesses any badge, identification card or other insignia of the design prescribed by the head of any department or agency of the United States for use by any officer or employee thereof, or any colorable imitation thereof, or photographs, prints, or in any other manner makes or executes any engraving, photograph, print, or impression in the likeness of any such badge, identification card, or other insignia, or any colorable imitation thereof, except as authorized under regulations made pursuant to law, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.” (http://uscode.house.gov/download/pls/18C33.txt)
The exception can only apply to government agencies, and the police. This is not only to protect the owner’s identity, but also prevents any possibility of cloning and counterfeiting.

While some establishments are allowed to see the ID to prove an individual‘s identity, only a few knew that these are not to be reproduced or photocopied. It's either companies have been doing it all this time, or the clients themselves are in a rush to purchase something and thought that it was okay for them to have a hard copy of the badge. Most people would probably think it's indeed a requirement for the company in order for their purchases be "processed" accordingly. "Besides, what harm could it bring" one may think.,

This actually worried me because his ID was one of the requirements needed in order for me to have a Japan Visa. D assured me that he was advised by their Legal Services Department not to have a notarized copy if his badge, and that 2 other valid IDs should suffice. I was not so sure because the travel agent who handles my case said that it was their first time to hear such law. Then again, they still accepted my visa application.

Anyway, just in case any establishment refuses to assist you because of this or if they still insist that you give them a hard or soft copy of the military badge, then take your business elsewhere or provide them copies of other badges you may have.

So what D did was he provided me with notarized copies of his passport and driver’s license.

That's it, it's prohibited.

End of story.


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