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Citizens Without Proof: A Survey of Americans' Possession of Documentary Proof of Citizenship and Photo Identification (Brennan Center for Justice) (2006)

  • Organization: Brennan Center for Justice
  • Date Created: Wednesday, November 01, 2006
  • Submitted: Thursday, December 28, 2006
  • Attachment(s): PDF

A recent national survey sponsored by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law reveals that millions of American citizens do not have readily available documentary proof of citizenship. Many more - primarily women - do not have proof of citizenship with their current name. The survey also showed that millions of American citizens do not have government-issued photo identification, such as a driver's license or passport. Finally, the survey demonstrated that certain groups - primarily poor, elderly, and minority citizens - are less likely to possess these forms of documentation than the general population.

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