Before you do anything here, you have to have satisfy the 100 point check. This is a list of documents you must produce in order to prove you are who you say you are, it came about as a result of the 1988 Financial Transactions Reports Act in order to limit fraud. You’ll need this verification to rent an apartment, start a phone service, obtain a driver’s license, open a bank account, and I’m sure there are many more that we just haven’t run into yet.
When we first got here, we hiked over to the shopping center to get my phone set up, forgot all about the 100 points until we sat down to sign the contract, and had to hike back home. That hike is nothing more than a quick jaunt now, but we had jet lag that first day. Now we remember our points.
Each item carries a point value, depending on the particular agency you are working with. You have to have enough documents to add up to 100 points. The passport generally carries the most points, with birth certificates, driver’s license, bank statements, employer letters, utility bills, and credit cards holding fewer points. A driver’s license from another country often doesn’t count for anything. Each entity has its own list of which documents they will accept and which are not worth the paper they are printed on.
We managed to pull together our combined 200 points to rent a lovely townhouse that we get to move into eight days from now. I can’t wait to post pics! Of course, we don’t really have anything to put in it. Our stuff is on a boat somewhere between here and California. I hope I get to see it again someday.