Published on 12, July, 2020
I have autism and can't tolerate having friends/socialising. I'm housebound and only go out very rarely, such as to get vaccinated. This has resulted in me having nobody to confirm my identity. I don't even have a social worker. I've never been to church as an adult, due to sensory overload and anxiety.
I have not been employed since my 20s, due to other severe disabilities. I don't know my current neighbours. I knew a neighbour who lives near my mother, but I haven't seen her for over a decade. I would not be able to ask her. My mother still knows her, but refuses to ask her or help me. I did know fellow home education parents, but none of them worked. Passport rules disqualified them from vouching for me.
I was born in UK and have lived here for 41 years. But I've never had a passport. I'm unable to open the bank account of my choice (with best interest rate) because I have no photo ID. And I feel trapped here. I've never been on holiday. I've never been able to take my 15 year old on any foreign day trip, to France etc.
Does anyone have any ideas please?
I have a similar problem.
Don't know how to solve it.
I sympathize. I actually have a passport, but I don't remember who I used.
I suggest asking, and this depends on your circumstances, a case worker, social worker, mental health professional, teacher…
I think you can ask your GP. If you've been at that practice for a while, seen you a number of time and know it's you. You might have to pay a admin fee though.
The rules do specifically say it can't just be a GP. They must know you well. I can't get to the GP surgery. So I've only ever seen who I think is my named GP once in nearly 10 years. He did a home visit several years ago. And from what I remember he asked my daughter a lot of questions about her. But didn't speak to me. A few months ago a different GP came around to take blood. She was very helpful. And although she's probably the only person I've spoken to in several years apart from family, she wouldn't be able to say she knows me well.