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Photo ID for Covid test?

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Herja · 04/09/2020 21:35

After trying for 4 hours, I have finally managed to book Covid tests for the DC (2 days in school and they have coughs. Great). The confirmation page says that a driving licence or passport needs to be provided for everyone having a test. Does this include children, or can the adult taking them show theirs? My DC do not have passports as I am skint, so have never considered getting them as there is no way we can afford to go abroad. As they are under 10, they definitely do not have a driving licence...

Could anyone who has taken a child for testing, while not being tested themselves, say what happened with them?

Also, what the hell?! You can only go to walk or drive through test centres if you can afford to leave the country or run a car? I know quite a few adults with neither passport nor driving licence; I know it's a bit uncommon, but I can think of a fair few people without either immediately. Can you get the home testing kits (none in my area apparently) without photographic ID?

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mindutopia · 04/09/2020 21:37

I’ve never been asked to show ID. All you need is the QR code in the confirmation email.

PinkSparklyPussyCat · 04/09/2020 21:38

I don't have children but when I went for a test I wasn't asked for photo ID, I only had to show them the QR code on the confirmation email. They also must have known who I was from the car registration as they asked me if I was PinkSparkly when we arrived.

mindutopia · 04/09/2020 21:40

Also the only reason you are asked if you have a car is because you literally can’t turn up to the drive through site without a car. The car is a contained space and you can’t leave it or even roll your window down except to slide the test kit through. It’s due to infection control procedures. At a walk through site, you don’t need a car.

Yes, you can order a home test without an ID.

badlydrawnbear · 04/09/2020 21:40

I don't have any valid photographic ID. My passport expired and I didn't get a new one because I wasn't going anywhere and didn't really have the money at the time for even a new passport. I can't drive for medical reasons so don't have a driving licence. My DC also don't have passports because we have never been able to afford to take them out of the country. So, I hope you don't need photographic ID for COVID testing, because will exclude us from the test centre that is just round the corner, and will also exclude some of the most vulnerable people in society who aren't going to have passports or driving licences either.

starlingsintheslipstream · 04/09/2020 21:43

We just had the QR codes scanned. I had passports for 3 out of the 4 of us, nothing for youngest dc, but in the end nothing was required. All pretty confusing as it did make it sound like you needed it.

Herja · 04/09/2020 21:44

Excuse the photo of a laptop screen! It's new and I haven't worked out how to use it yet, so a photo of a screen is the best this technophobe can manage...

This is what was concerning me: 'What you'll need to bring to the test site: photo ID - a driving licence or passport for each person being tested'

It sounds reassuringly like that's crap though! I spose all they can do is turn us away if they're not happy without it anyway. Not the end of the world.

Photo ID for Covid test?
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Whodofthunk · 04/09/2020 21:44

I took my DS tonight and had his passport with me but they only checked our QR code.

FelicityBob · 04/09/2020 21:51

I had to show my 4 year olds passport

Bupkis · 04/09/2020 21:52

I don't have a passport or driving licence. I took a couple of him a, but they didn't ask to see any id from any of us.

Herja · 04/09/2020 22:02

It would be helpful if they could make a choice and stick with it.

I deal very badly with having done the wrong thing, as both a personality trait and also mixed up with some mental health issues. Regrettably (and like a massive baby), doing the 'wrong thing' causes me fecking heart palpitations, panic attacks and other physical anxiety symptoms for a few days.

I am going to have to get ExH to escort us from a distance in case they do require ID, the DC don't have it and I freak out. At least he can take over with the DC, if it comes to it, that way.

If they weren't so keen to go back to school, I think I would just keep us all at home for a fortnight instead. It's already making me cry.

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