'original' birth certificate….HELP!!

posted 3 years ago in Legal
Post # 2
2455 posts
Buzzing bee

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
3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I believe it just needs to have the raised seal on it. 

Post # 4
357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

If it has a raised seal, it is an original (in the US at least).

Post # 5
9859 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

An “original” copy in the sense that they require it, is the certified copy which comes with a raised seal. 

Post # 8
1080 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2000

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.

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