So I don't have a photo ID, am I still able to board the train
This.I highly suggest that you get a government issued photo ID prior to traveling on Amtrak.
Yep, that would be enough, though I would feel somewhat terrified bringing those on a trip. Make sure you don't lose 'em!Well I have vital records ( i.e. birth certificate and social security card) but I'm just making sure that those are good enough because I have no other way to get home
I've heard of some Amish who have even taken international flights, where there is no way that another country is going to allow entry without a passport with photo. But then it's up to the individual church whether or not they feel it's OK to pose for a photo if there's a requirement to do so. The case I recall was an Amish missionary who brought back measles from the Philippines. The missionary wasn't vaccinated, and in the Philippines vaccination is spotty.I am not sure what Amish passengers carry for ID. I doubt that they have photo IDs.
I never knew photo identification was only intended for secularists.They are exempt because of their religious beliefs.
It's true that tourists need passports, visas, etc. However, with the right approvals you can travel on an international flight without a passport or conventional photo identification. This is mainly used for situations involving the movement of suspects, prisoners, and refugees, but there are other cases as well. If a given destination country feels especially close to a sect that refuses to secure photo identification they could petition the country of origin to allow someone from that community to travel without the usual documentation. This request may necessitate a official guarantor and/or diplomatic handler but once both countries (and the airline) are in agreement almost anything is possible.I've heard of some Amish who have even taken international flights, where there is no way that another country is going to allow entry without a passport with photo.