Why doesn't your government trust you when you tell that you live at a particular address?

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Example: I am a Slovak National living in Austria. I would like to have a Slovak ID card to ease certain chores. The application form for the Slovak ID card asks me, among other things, my address. However, my government does not trust me when I say I live there and there. I need to submit a document issued by the Austrian authorities testifying that I am indeed registered at my address. This document needs to be translated to Slovak by a licensed translator.

People who live in Slovakia also have to submit documents attesting to their address. Usually, this is a deed, a rental agreement, or a written and notary-public-approved written permission by the landlord. I believe many other governments do the same.

Is there any justification for this patronizing and burdensome interrogation?

If I am riding a train, the conductor asks for a ticket. He does not trust me when I tell him I paid the fare. And for good reason. I have a personal financial interest to lie about buying a ticket. Where is the interest to lie to my government about my address?

One thing that comes to mind is municipal elections (I can vote for the MPs and President from abroad, no address needed). However, it seems there is disappointingly little to gain — I could possibly transfer my one vote to a different city.

Are there some other reasons?

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