Though I'm running a historical setting, many of the questions are pretty challenging for me to answer; I have a general notion of how many of these things are handled from my background reading, but I'm admittedly a bit short on details.
- What kinds of official documents and identifications are required in the area? Are there ones for nationality? For work/certain professions/guilds? Ownership? What power and function do these documents hold?
Passports are not required for most domestic travel, while for foreign travel they serve more like letters of introduction than identification; in a pinch, seals and signatures can be checked for veracity. They may limit where a person can travel.
- Who makes these documents? Who has access to these documents? Where are they available to obtain?
- What makes these documents ‘official’? Is there a special seal on them? A signature? Are they printed on special material or in special ink? Who has these special seals and signatures and who is trusted to be able to tell genuine articles from originals?
- Is there a cost incurred for obtaining special documents? Or are they free for anyone eligible?
- Is there a certain age one must be to obtain various types of identification or that require official documentation (working papers, ID, land ownership, etc)? How does one go about proving one’s age?
- How are officials trained to recognize documents? What are surefire signs of forgeries?
- Are there checkpoints where documents/IDs are checked? Who is guarding these locations? What are they looking for/trying to keep out?
- What kinds are things are included on personal ID documents? Pictures? Physical characteristics?