This made me laugh a lot.
Reminds me of my experience getting my Enhanced Drivers License a few weeks ago. The standards for the EDL are (I believe) based on the standards for a passport, since it has to satisfy Federal requirements for border crossing. So you have to not only prove citizenship, you have to prove residence. Proof of citizenship was easy — my folded-up certified birth certificate did the job just fine. But proof of residence was tough.
A drivers license will not do. A utility bill will, but it has to be within the last 60 days. I went to email billing for my power bill and phone bill. A listing in the phone book will do, but I have a VoIP phone and they don’t get listed. Cell phone bills won’t do. An insurance policy will work, but not an insurance bill. A voter registration card can be one of two proofs (utility bills will do on their own), but an unopened ballot won’t. Also confusing the issue is the mail v physical address problem that results from living two blocks from a “rural” post office.
So I went to the power company to see if they could print me a bill. They could and did, and I took it back. They couldn’t just accept it because (wait for it) it wasn’t mailed to me. So they had to call the power company, have me verify that I was me to the power people, and then they could confirm the address information on my account.
Bureaucracy — making the reasonable impossible for 7000 years.