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Lacking proof of identity

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 06 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:b5675
  1. Mary E Black, public health physician
  1. 1Belgrade, Serbia
  1. drmaryblack{at}

    Last Saturday night we had a family outing to a police station on planet Earth. Despite having all our papers in order, including reissued birth certificates no more than six months old, and using our connections to avoid a lengthy weekday queue, we failed to complete our children’s biometric passports. The computer would recognise only two first names, and both children have three each. We puzzled over this: dropping the third name meant the papers would not match, and sticking the second and third name together on the passports looked dodgy. So back again to …

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