Feb. 5, 2012 - Papers Please!

Your Papers Please!
What is the purpose of identification papers? To establish your name? Not likely. More likely to establish association and/or jurisdiction.

Government issued ID establishes your association with that government as an agent of recognized status. As an agent of that government you are subject to its statutes, codes of conduct and the penalties for violating these.

To avoid that pitfall, we need a document that is not government issued but still recognized as official.

One such legal document that identifies you and is not government issued, is the Statement of Birth (the exact name of this document may vary from province to province. The Statement of Birth was issued by your parents into the government's trust.

Per the Ontario Statement of Live Birth, form 11022E (2009/07), (© Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2009), on page 2 under General Instructions: 

"a). This document is a permanent legal record."

At the bottom of this page we read:

Personal information contained on this form is collected under the authority of the Vital Statistics Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.V.4 and will be used to register and record births, stillbirths, deaths, marriages, additions or changes of name, corrections or amendments, provide certified copies, extracts, certificates, search notices, photocopies, and for statistical, research, medical, law enforcement, adoption and adoption disclosure purposes. It is an offence to wilfully make a false statement on this form. Questions about this collection should be directed to: The Deputy Registrar General, Office of the Registrar General, PO Box 4600, Thunder Bay ON P7B 6L8. Telephone 1 800 461-2156 or 416 325-8305. (emphasis mine)

Get a certified true copy of your Statement of Birth by requesting it from those who hold it in trust for you. Consider using this as the legal document, which confirms not only who you are, but also what you are not—an agent of the government.

Use what you read here as a part of your research to establish your understanding.
Your actions remain your responsibility.
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