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Have you used our Prop-ID card overlays?
Tell us about your experiences!

Sharing your story is a form of participation in our Performing Identities Research project. If you share your story we may quote you in research publications or presentations. We will report results anonymously, which means that we will not share your name, email address, or specific information about where and when you use your Prop-ID overlay.

See below to read some experiences that have already been submitted.

To participate, please ensure you are 18 or over and review the participant consent information from our project. If you agree to participate, you can start filling out the form below.

What ID card did you provide?

What cover did you place on your ID card?

What is the name of the institution you were at?

What is the location of this institution?
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What was the date and approximate time?
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Was the ID card accepted with the card overlay?
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Please tell us about the exchange

Do you have any any other interesting ID experiences, previous to this occasion? Please feel free to share.

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Previously submitted experiences:

ID used: Driver’s licence
Cover used: Let Me Drink (green)
Institution: Lee’s Palace
Location: 529 Bloor Street West
Accepted? Yes
After I handed the bouncer my ID w/ overlay, he took a good look at it and asked “do you have confidentiality issues?” I then explained to him that he’s seeing everything he NEEDS to see with the overlay. He turned it around and read the back. This seemed to convince him. He said “well I just haven’t seen anything like this before…” he asked “has anyone had problems with this?” I told him that certain merchants have had problems with it. He said “It’s just that i haven’t seen anything like this before but I get what you’re doing… it makes perfect sense.” He then let me into Lee’s Palace.

ID used: Driver’s licence
Cover used: Let Me Vote (orange)
Institution: North York Voting Station
Location: North York, Toronto
Accepted? Yes
I handed my ID over without saying anything. She starred at it for a few seconds and then asked ‘is there a reason why it’s blacked out’; I replied ‘I’m part of a privacy project that looks at what information is required on ID cards.’ She shrugged her shoulders and didn’t say anything, handing it back to me and I proceeded to vote.

ID used: Driver’s licence
Cover used: Let Me Vote (orange)
Institution: Polling station
Location: Roden Public School
Accepted? Yes
After giving, the polling volunteer my id, she began to peel the sticker back. I asked her not to remove the sticker. She asked me why I had the sticker on the card. I explained that in order to vote only certain information is necessary. She asked where I got the sticker and I explained that it was part of a research project. She expressed that although she supported the idea of limiting information shared that “now with the internet anyone can get any information they want about anyone”. Further, she stated that she looks at so many ids in a day that there would be no way that she could retain any information from the card itself. She also questioned what information was covered and what still could be seen like my height.

ID used: Driver’s licence
Cover used: Let Me Vote (orange)
Institution: Provincial Voting Station
Location: Toronto downtown
Accepted? Yes
I approached the table at the voting station and handed my voting card and driver’s license (with the clear overlay on it) to the two workers who had to check my ID and cross-check my name on the voting list. (They were young and female.) They did not comment on the ID; my name and address were clearly visible and I could still be identified. I did notice that one of them was looking at it while the other lady was crossing my name off of the list; I think more out of curiosity than anything. However, neither one of them made any comment, and I was able to vote with no difficulty.

ID used: Driver’s licence
Cover used: Let Me Vote (orange)
Institution: Voting station
Location: Blythwood Rd Baptist Church
Accepted? Yes
The person reviewing my id was an older gentleman, perhaps late ’70s. The lighting in the polling station was quite dim. The man looked over the license, front and back, but did not look up at me. He mumbled something to his co-worker, then turned to a table behind him that had a magnifying plastic sheet and a flashlight. His co-worker commented on the dim light in the auditorium. When he came back to his chair he said decisively, ‘this is fine’, and crossed my name off his list. No questions or comments.

ID used: Driver’s licence
Cover used: Let Me Vote (orange)
Institution: Voting station
Location: Wellesley Community Centre
Accepted? Yes
The woman took my ID, her eyes widened when she saw it. She said, “ok,” and everything else proceeded as usual.

ID used: Driver’s licence
Cover used: Let Me Vote (orange)
Institution: Ontario Federal Election Polling station
Location: 140 Merton Street, Toronto Ontario
Accepted? Yes
The election worker asked for my ID and voting card. I gave it to her. She inspected it and said okay. No questions were asked.

ID used: Driver’s licence
Cover used: Let Me Drink (green)
Institution: Bar
Location: The Village
Accepted? Yes
I have used this overlay several times as my driver’s license is expired. On one such occasion I was asked about the overlay to which I responded that by law and for security purposes the areas that are blacked out are not supposed to be viewed by others. I then explained the whole PROP-ID system. I was let into the club without any hassle. I also used this to vote and didn’t receive an inquiry or any hassle. I continue to use the overlay and have had only once been asked to remove my ID out of the slot.

ID used: Driver’s licence
Cover used: Let Me Drink (green)
Institution: Bar
Location: The Village
Accepted? Yes
I have used this overlay several times as my driver’s license is expired. On one such occasion I was asked about the overlay to which I responded that by law and for security purposes the areas that are blacked out are not supposed to be viewed by others. I then explained the whole PROP-ID system. I was let into the club without any hassle. I also used this to vote and didn’t receive an inquiry or any hassle. I continue to use the overlay and have had only once been asked to remove my ID out of the slot.