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Old 05-30-2011, 10:08 PM   #1
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Thumbs down Producing Driver's License at Campground Check-In

It was my first visit to this campground (which I'll not name) for Memorial Day weekend. As part of the check-in process, they asked for my driver's license in order to make a copy of it. When I asked why, the young clerk simply answered that it was "their policy". When I expressed my concerns about identity theft the clerk said that they shread them. If it had not been the for the fact that I was meeting some friends who were also camping there, I would have demanded that my deposit be refunded and went home as this requirement was never disclosed to me upfront.

Up until now, the only informaton campgrounds ever asked me for (and not always) was the year/make/model/license# of my vehicle. As far as I'm concerned, that's all public information being that it's parked just outside the campground's office for anyone to see. Interestingly, this campground did not ask for any of that information- only my driver's license.

Has anyone else ever has this request (more like a demand) made when checking in? If so, what was your reaction?
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Old 05-31-2011, 07:56 AM   #2
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I have never been asked for my drivers licemse. AND, I will never provide it at a campground. If necessary, I will simply leave and go elsewhere. There is always a Wal-Mart, etc. to stay in an emergency. You have absolutely no control over the future use/distribution of the copy of your D.L.
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I would just leave, we give out way too much info the way it is.
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Interesting - was it a private or a public camping area? While I dont really like it, I am not opposed to showing ID to prove I am who I say I am - but I would not allow them to copy it. I know when I book my reservations, they already have pretty much everything that is on the license anyway. Most of it is public record, so I am not that concerned - more annoyed.

In the end, I guess I am not too annoyed that they know who is camping in thier campground being as I have small kids that run around. It might at least keep an undesirable person out of the camping area.

On the other hand - One concerning trend I see is the scanning of bar codes on the licenses for routine things such as buying alcohol. I was at a bar not too long ago and when I showed them my license, he grabbed a scanner and hit the barcode. I saw my name/address/etc show up on his register. I protested and got the "our policy" statement, so we left and did not purchase anymore. In my opinion, this is for marketing and not for age verification. Needless to say, part of my barcode somehow wore off and it no longer works.....
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Old 05-31-2011, 12:25 PM   #5
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Interesting - was it a private or a public camping area?...
It was a private campground in Ohio.

And one more editorial note: asking to see my DL to verify my age, for example, is one thing. Making a copy of it, and keeping it somewhere in a campground office (and, most likely, retained in some unsecured manner) opens a whole new door for an untrustworthy employee or other person to obtain sensitive information about me that could be used in an unscrupulous manner.
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Don't forget, they have your CC number too.
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Old 05-31-2011, 12:59 PM   #7
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You can't go to Walmart, 7-Eleven, car lot, any bank, 90% of all other businesses and conduct business with a check, or a few bank or credit cards without showing an ID anymore. If the clerk obtains my ID for marketing purposes, to heck with them. If the guy in line ahead of me at the RV campground refuses to show his ID to the clerk because he is worried he may, or will be discovered to be is a sex offender, convicted felon, wanted, or just has criminal intentions and doesn't want a record of him being there, I will be darn proud to show my ID at this campground and will rest a little easier while my grandkids are in the playground, etc. I would think the likelihood of an untrustworthy employee would be MUCH greater at a Walmart than a private campground, but you can never be too sure. With the exception of the DL number, most info on your DL can be obtained via the internet anyway, unfortunately.
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" If the clerk obtains my ID for marketing purposes, to heck with them."

What I meant is to heck with doing business with that person or business....I do not want my info used to get on some mailing list...or worse. If that is all they want my ID for, I will walk out and go down the road. If they want to know who I am and the others that are staying at their campground for security reasons, great!
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We will show DDL for id purposes only; I actually don't mind the idea of verifying who we are. Neither Don nor I will allow a copy of our DDL made though. We rarely stay in public cg's anymore so haven't had to go through that. At WM/store/etc we have a cc with our pic on the back of it. Someone asks for my DDL, I simply point to my pic on the back of my cc card
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I just got that Costco Credit card with my pic on it...never had one of those....As you said Healthi - I just turn it over -- kind of nice!
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