Hello everyone. I hope that you'll be able to help me with my dilemma.
I'm 22 years old and I don't have a SSN (Or a birth certificate for that matter). I'm not an immigrant, I was born in the US, as well as my parents and grandparents. My family believes that the SSN is close to being the mark of the beast, and my beliefs are similar, but not the same. I feel that I want to be wary of it, however I'm starting to see more differences that keep it from being the mark. I'm still not exactly keen on it and if I can maneuver around it then I will.
However, it seems to be that I can't drive unless I get one. Now my parent's have been telling me that I should first exhaust my administrative remedies (which I feel that I almost have) and then file for a declaratory judgment for religious discrimination.
One problem, I haven't seen any cases yet that have had success in getting a driver's license without the SSN. I've read over two hundred court cases about this and other issues with traveling. The courts have generally said that the state's compelling interest to require the SSN is strong enough to override the plaintiff’s religious beliefs in denying the privilege to drive, since there are many other methods of travel, just not as convenient as driving.
Since my Fiance and I are hoping for a big family, this puts even more emphasis on the solution to be repeatable, as I don't want any of my kids to be in the limbo that I am in. If I'm going to drive without a SSN I want to know that my kids will be able to do so as well (Assuming things don't crash in-between then and now). It's not right for me to use a one time only solution to get to drive if my future kids can not do the same thing later on in their lives.
So here's what I'm asking the community for:
Does anyone have or know of a court case that ruled in favor of not needing a SSN to get a driver's license?
I've heard of many theories of how it should be argued. But I have yet to find a tested working one. I would like to hear from some people who have done this or who have seen it done.
What other tested, working means have people used to be able to drive W/O a SSN? I know of three or four states that have affidavits that will let them drive if they've never had a SSN. But I am not really keen on moving to any of those four states at this time.
My current feeling is that I need to go in to the SSA and apply for a SSN. And then because of my limited documents, have a 50/50 possibility of either getting either an L767 ineligibility letter, or a SSN, which I would rather not get if I can help it.
I've heard that one can intentionally botch the process, and trigger the letter by falsifying or withholding information. But that would be lying/bearing false witness to a government official: something I'd don't do, nor want to start doing.
Anyway, thanks all for letting me rant, I've been working at this for six years. I know that many of you have been at this longer and I would love to have your input. Thank you for your comments and advice in advance.