If they are going to sign a promissory note (document to agree to pay you back) then you must make sure that the note contains a clause saying that they agree to be subjected to the jurisdiction
of the courts in Texas where you live and will agree that any disputes will be resolved by the courts in Texas. If they sign that document agreeing to jurisdiction in Texas, then you could enforce the agreement against them in Texas and they could not argue that the Texas courts have no personal jurisdiction over them. What this means is that if there is a dispute and you sue in Texas they cannot claim that the Texas court cannot issue a judgment against them and you can file suit in Texas and if you win, you could then take that judgment from Texas and file it with the courts in the UK to have it enforced if the person will not pay and is located in the UK.
Before you give them anything, you have a right to ask for a copy of their drivers license and/or passport. If not, if you have an idea of what state they have a license in, you can contact that state DMV directly and drivers license records are public information so you can fill out a request for that information with the DMV (their fees vary, but are usually less than $20). That is the only way you can determine what you are seeking, there is no central database for citizens. If he was a registered alien, then the Immigration and Naturalization service would have records in their database.
If you do not really know this person, it is advisable NOT to loan them anything because it is likely a scam and they could even be giving you false information which is why they are so willing to sign something.
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