Post # 1
This might seem a little silly, but please bare with me.
So, here is my question:
When you are asked to bring your “original birth certificate” (in my case, for a destination wedding) I am a little confused. What was mailed to my parents (and my fiance’s parents) after we were born is a Certificate of Birth with our DOB, our name, our parents names, date filed, date issued and at the bottom it is says “This is to certify that this is a true copy of the record which is on file in the (state) Department of Health, in accordance with Act..” etc. It does have a raised seal. This is the ONLY birth certificate ever issued to our parents. To my knowledge, the “original” is the actual record on file in the Dept of State which NO ONE gets, it states there forever. As far as I know, you only get issued the “certifified copy” that I mentioned above. So, is the certified copy mailed to our parents what they are referring to when they ask for our original birth certificate?
Thanks so much everyone!
Post # 2
sweetpea8181: I could be wrong, but I think the one issued to you is what they are referring to. When they say they don’t want a copy I’d assume they don’t want you to just scan that one and bring a black and white version. BUT, I’ve never had a DW, I could be wrong.
Post # 3
I believe it just needs to have the raised seal on it.
Post # 4
If it has a raised seal, it is an original (in the US at least).
Post # 5
sweetpea8181: they mean the one issued to you – it has to be ‘original’ in that it cannot be a copy. It has to be issued to you by the government.
Post # 6
The copy you have is the “original” they want. You might want to double check that they aren’t looking to keep it – when I got married in Greece I had to request an additional certificate from Vital Statistics in my province for the Greek government to keep.
Post # 7
An “original” copy in the sense that they require it, is the certified copy which comes with a raised seal.
Post # 8
Yes they need the raised seal. FYI you can request additional copies from the town where you were born. They usually cost around $20. They will also have the raised seal on them.
Post # 9
As a general rule they are looking for one with a raised seal (from the US and others) or the appropriate stamp (similar to a postage stamp) from other countries. In the US you can get a duplicate from the courthouse from the county or parish you were born in. As a piece of advice from someone who lives in a Central American country, before you leave, plan to take with you the following:
1) 3 copies of your passport
2) 3 “original” copies of your birth certificate. Be prepared to surrender one.
3) 3 photocopies of your birth certificate.
4) 3 photocopies of your driver’s license.
This is overkill. I know it. This is what I carry when I travel. Always. But I have spent an entire day and had major hassles just getting a drivers license renewed in the US. if there is an issue, if someone doesn’t like your shoes, if your documents get lost, it can be very difficult and expensive to get things done.