NOT having a media pass

Okay, so I am a freelancer, I was in an accident couple of years ago, gave cop my I.D. AND media badge, media badge was Tarrant County Sheriffs Dept. EXPIRED one, he never gave it back to me, just gave me back my I.D.

Called Tarrant County sheriffs Dept. now they PIO says freelancers don’t need a media pass.

But, sometimes I get stopped and asked for credentials, also when flying, I want to fly as media to avoid overweight baggage fees, but I don’t have a pass to flash.

Any solutions to this problem?

Thanks