“I'll just need to see a photo I.D.”
You work at a bank. A customer wants to cash a check. You need to make sure that this is the person who the check is written to, so you ask for proof.
I'll just need to see a photo I.D.
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You use this phrase when the action you're describing seems easy, simple, fast, unimportant, or unexciting:
I just googled "new york florist" and that was the first shop that came up, so I called them.
A: What did you do this weekend?
B: I just sat at home and watched T.V.
This is a polite, formal way to talk about something that you have to do, or to ask for something. People in customer service jobs often speak this way.
Here are some examples:
I'll need to check your I.D., sir.
I'll need to check with my manager. Please hold a moment.
You can also say "I'll need you to ____":
I'll need you to verify your address, please.
I'll need you to sign right here.
When you're not speaking as politely or formally, you can drop "will":
I need to see your I.D.
A "photo I.D." is an identification card that has your photograph printed on it. A passport and a driver's license are examples of a photo I.D.
You may be asked for a photo I.D. when you're doing something like:
- applying for a loan at a bank
- paying for something expensive with a check or credit card
- checking in at an airport