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    Question on 'ID' in the USA and in UK?

    Hi teachers,
    To identify yourself you have to show your 'ID' in USA. Right?
    Though you never say this is my 'identification card' you just say, 'Here is my ID'. Right?
    So the officer should ask, 'May I see your ID?' Right?
    What about UK? Which is the term that you use?

    Thanks in advance
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    Re: Question on 'ID' in the USA and in UK?

    It's in the USA and in the UK.

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    Re: Question on 'ID' in the USA and in UK?

    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply.

    Best,
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    Re: Question on 'ID' in the USA and in UK?

    We don't have ID cards in the UK, so the may ask you for some ID as we can use various things- driver's licence, passport, etc.

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    Re: Question on 'ID' in the USA and in UK?

    Hi Tdol,
    Thank for your reply.

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    Re: Question on 'ID' in the USA and in UK?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    We don't have ID cards in the UK, so the may ask you for some ID as we can use various things- driver's licence, passport, etc.
    This applies to the US as well.

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    Re: Question on 'ID' in the USA and in UK?

    A police officer in the US is more likely to use "identification" (or driver's license) rather than "ID". "ID" can be used but it may sound too informal or familiar.

    Officer: Hey, where do you think you're going? Stop there and show me some identification.

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    Re: Question on 'ID' in the USA and in UK?

    I don't agree. I think you're more likely to hear "Let's see some ID" than "Let's see some identifcation" but that both are heard.

    If you're stopped in your car, you'll be asked specifically for your license.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Question on 'ID' in the USA and in UK?

    I've been seeing "PhotoID" as a complete word on a lot of documents lately. I'm not sure I like it, but that won't change the likelihood of seeing it, alas!

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    Re: Question on 'ID' in the USA and in UK?

    "I'm going to have to ID you sir.'?

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