As explained in other sections, please understand that I am not urging you to commit fraud or break any laws. This is only a discussion which I hope will engender great caution.
Unless you leave the USA, it is extremely difficult to disappear. To disappear will require motivation, time, and money. If you are not willing to invest at least a couple of months and $5,000, don’t even try.
Every state in the USA claims that an SSN or a letter from the Social Security Administration must be furnished before they will issue a driver license. The song, I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free, sounds nice but it is certainly not true. While Americans have more freedoms to the internet, and a few other things, than certain other countries such as China and Iran, there is almost nothing we do that is not regulated and/or subject to laws. You cannot even walk on the street or in a park without being subject to being stopped and questions by the police. And, if they ask and choose to make an issue of it (not likely but possible), you better have your papers.
Normally the government leaves us alone or does not greatly intrude so we have illusion of freedom. However, certainly we don’t have near the freedoms that Americans enjoyed 100, 50, or even 20 years ago. And, with too-big-to-fail bailouts, with socialism (this health care bill is only the latest), and the type of central planning that caused the collapse of the Soviet Union, we no longer live in one of the most prosperous countries nor do we enjoy one of the highest living standards. And, if you have tried to get a job lately and found it difficult, in my humble opinion, it is only going to get worse.
Nevertheless, for most Americans, the USA is still their best choice. I just stated the above to let certain people know, if they need to disappear, that many other countries are just as good or better; and, for them, much better.There are a number of very good reasons to change an identity and disappear:
A young man due to youthful indiscretions has a criminal record making it almost impossible to obtain a good job and lead a normal life.
You are required to registrar as a sex offender because you had sex as a teenager with your slightly younger girl friend. For example, Matthew Freemanis on the registry until Aug. 17, 2028 because in 2003 at age 17 he has sex with his 15 year old girl friend. In Michigan alone there are more than 45,000 names and faces on Michigan’s online public sex offender registry and most are the result of censual sex with teenage girlfriends. And, many of the others are the result of high school students’ sextexting.
Due to unrealistic imputed income, you are required to pay more than half your wages until you are middle age because as a young man you got some girl pregnant.
Your ex-wife divorced you and the courts are treating you as only a wallet and have wrongfully separated you from any meaningful relationship with your children. When I find the time, I will further discuss this issue under the heading Women and on page Child Support.
In most of the above and similar type cases, where the government and/or an individual is not willing to spend much time, effort, and money (less than $20,000) it is not difficult disappear if you leave the USA.There are a number of things you must be willing to do and not do.
Walk away from any money or assets that you cannot convert to cash and gold and take with you.Give a friend or family member your power of attorney and/or a quitclaim deed if you own real-estate.
Don’t tell anyone where you are going and, after you leave, don’t contact anyone by phone or mail for the first six months to a year.If you must have contact, create an anonymous offshore email account and do all communication through the email account and don’t even give a hint about where you are at and that you left the USA.
You need to think about your money and how you are going to get it to where you are going.Small amount, a few thousand dollars, you can take with you as gold coins and cash.However, all governments, especially the USA, are thieves and robbers.Other than possible high fees, they seldom steal small amounts from travelers.However, if you are carrying a large amount of cash, and if they find it, they will want it, and invent some lie to take it. They refer to it as asset forfeiture. The government takes billions in assets from innocent people and they do not give it back.
One or two $10,000 cashier’s checks or bank money orders that a friend purchased for you in your name is probably safe because that is more difficult to steal than cash.You can deposit the cashier’s checks in a bank after you arrive in new country.Unless your friend talks, the transaction is almost untraceable and even your friend will not know when or where it was deposited.
If you open a checking account in another city most likely you can transfer the money in account to your new country without it being discovered.Even better let a person you trust open an account using their SSN and give you signature authority.Unless the primary owner of the account talked about it, I don’t believe an investigator could find the account and transactions unless they looked an the mail.Just have the person rent a P.O. Box and have the statements sent there.
Update: Convert most of your money to Bitcoins. The government cannot steal them and they are good in all countries. Just like with cash, transactions can be totally anonymous. For information, Google bitcoins.
Security deposits and other money that are due to you after you leave, you need to abandon or have it mailed to a friend or family member.They can sign your name, their name, and deposit in their bank.You could provide a power of attorney but it is not necessary. You are not going to complain when they sign your name.Therefore, there is no risk to them because no one other then the person the check is made out to is legally entitled to complain.
Get a passport in your name. After you have your passport, go the the Greyhound bus station, buy a ticket at the counter with cash, and take a Greyhound bus to South Texas and walk across into Mexico. There is no record that you purchased the ticket or took the bus.The clerk might remember (not likely) should someone ask.Therefore, break up your trip. Buy a ticket to Dallas and from Dallas buy another bus ticket after taking a taxi to another bus station in Dallas.For extreme precaution, since you know the schedule. buy a ticket at every major bus stop.Even the FBI would not be able to track you.
After crossing the border into Mexico, travel deeper into Mexico and take a plane to whatever country you choose. Mexico may require purchase of tourist permit but they are not going to file a record with the USA.
After you leave the USA and enter another country, until you obtain other identification, your passport and state issued ID or driver license will be your identification. However, no one is going to be asking for your SSN and certainly not reporting it to the IRS.
If there is a lot of money involved ($250,000 or more) and someone is willing to spend $50,000 to $100,000 to find you or finding you is very important to law enforcement, you need to take even more precautions.See the page How to Disappear.