I I have read four posts here and I feel like I need to make 5 replies. First of all, there is no set of circumstances under which I would send any provider of lodging my government identification prior to arriving at the establishment. You may not have my personally identifiable information before I meet you. That would be number one.
Number two. I am on both sides of this. My daughter runs and Airbnb. I am a frequent Airbnb guest. Airbnb collected personal information from me when I first signed up for the site. In other words, just like yourself I was invaded by Airbnb. For me personally, When I arrive at your home, if you feel that the information Airbnb has is insufficient, I personally would be happy to show you my ID. YOU CERTAINLY MAY NOT COPY IT OR WRITE DOWN THE INFORMATION. If you have a trust issue with me or I’m going to trust you with my personal . So again, asking for my license in advance allows you to have a copy of my license. Not going to happen.
This kind of sort of sounds like a case of I want my cake and eat it too situation. While I may be comfortable / okay with you looking at my licence I can understand why other folks may not be.
Here’s my take on that side of the argument: when you decided to become an Airbnb host you went through a vetting process. When I decided to travel using Airbnb I went through an Airbnb vetting process. You can see my profile. You can contact me to ask me any question you want before I get there. You can read feedback about me. But in the end, I’m going to have to agree with Airbnb. You can’t compel me to provide my ID. I know some hosts May they throw their hands up in the air. You have a choice. Don’t host.
If you want to be 100% risk-free don’t host. In the end, just because you’ve seen someone’s ID doesn’t mean they’re not going to mess your place up or mess with you for that matter.