Collocation Access

David Schwartz davids at
Tue Oct 24 04:40:32 UTC 2006

> On Mon, 2006-10-23 at 18:57 +0100, Roland Perry wrote:

> I've been in and out of several colos that require you to leave your ID
> (passport/DL, and business card) up at the front desk throughout your
> visit.  This could be for hours, or even for the whole day.  During that
> time I imagine my ID could have been photocopied, transcribed,
> photographed, etc, without me ever knowing.
> -Jim P.

Several states make it illegal to possess another person's driver's license.
Many make it illegal to lend your driver's license to someone else or to
trade it for something. As for passports, violating 18 USC 1544 for profit
is a terrorism offense.

Even the guys who rent paddleboats at the lake have learned that it is
usually illegal to possess another person's identification.

Maybe I've just been lucky, but I've been to some of the most secure
facilities in the world, and I've never been asked to allow someone else to
retain my passport or driver's license.

Possession includes receipt, according to the DOJ. 18 USC 1028 makes it a
Federal crime to transfer someone else's identification with intent to
violate a state felony statute.

This is a minefield. Have companies really run this past their legal


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