Jan. 13th, 2009

So I have written about my lifestyle before. I have often run into issues with government identification. I have often wondered why a driver's license requires an address (which in turn has fairly strict proof-of-residence requirements). Tax forms become difficult. Most years I have income from three or more states.

When my addresses change on more of a monthly basis than yearly, it is one thing to update addresses in various online places so that tax forms, shipping addresses, and so on find me. Updating my driver's license becomes an expense and time-waste I do not need in my life.

So now I find myself updating my passport. I am not a fan, since the new US passports contain RFID chips and other troublesome technologies. My lifestyle and desire to travel out of the country requires me to do this, however, and so I start the process.

I start on the paperwork only to find that there is now a required field labelled "Occupation". There is another one, optional, labelled "Employer".

What kind of question is that? Why is this needed at all? What should I list, given my current lifestyle and the fact that the passport will be good for ten years?

Any suggestions from the peanut gallery on what I should list in this field?



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