Post # 1
Bees, i’m flipping out.
With exactly 4 weeks until the big day, FH and I were going to get our marriage license tomorrow. I just read the requirements. Bring photo ID and birth certificate.
Oh, you mean the birth certificates that were mailed in with our passport applications earlier TODAY?! Yup, those ones.
They will be returned to us in 4-6 weeks. Our home towns are are 3 and 4 hours away, and with no money or time off from work left, we can’t really head out to pick up new ones. holy crap.
Post # 3
OMG!! what is your plan?? Is there any way to insure that you get them sooner?
Post # 4
@krex: you’ll have to make the time to get copies from your home town as far as i’m aware…..sucks but woops!!!! why did you mail in passport info and birth cert? you couldnt go to a post office? rush orders usually have places you can go in certain towns to do it in person.
Post # 5
Order copies and have them expedited. Problem solved.
Post # 7
@BellaDee: The post office will mail in the birth certificate, too. I did my paperwork through the post office and they mailed my birth certificate + passport info in to be verified by the government. The government issues the passport, not the post office. They just handle the transaction.
I’d be ordering copies of my birth certificate ASAP.
Post # 8
I’d have someone from your hometowns express mail you copies of both birth certificates. Also, do you need the passports before the wedding?
Post # 9
Passport application requires you to mail in your original or certified copy of birth certificate. The passport was rushed, but return of documents is standard processing.
Post # 10
@krex: Oh jeez, you must be spazzing, I’m sorry! Do either of your parents still live in your home towns? I think some places will let an immediate family member also order a new one. Google just turned this up, too: https://www.vitalchek.com/birth-certificates – it looks like you might be able to do something online, but I’m not sure how long it would take to get back to you.
I really hope you figure something out soon! And I’m now making a mental note to send our passport applications out 6 months before the wedding, so at least your story helped someone :-/
Post # 11
You can order a copy of your birth certificate from the county records office where you were born. Can be done online and then will be mailed to you within a few days. Or try this website that I looked up for you: http://www.health.ny.gov/vital_records/birth.htm. That has the information for NY.
Post # 12
@cmbr: we need the passports in 6 weeks, and processing time is 2 weeks, so that’s at least one thing I don’t have to worry about.
Post # 13
Call your home toend city hall. You can order it over the phone. it cost me 15 dollars and was mailed to me. You may have to mail them a check with a request form With a photocopy of your id but you can over night that and it will take less than a week to receive it back.
Post # 14
@krex: Try contacting the passport office (not the post office where you dropped off the applications), but the US Department of State (use your lunch break if you have one) at:
Explain you situation to them. At the very worst (and I mean the very worst) would you be able to go through with your ceremony and sign the licence afterward. I’ve heard of that happening when a couple forgets their marriage licence on the day of their wedding (ie. ‘honey I thought you packed the licence.’). Check out the rules for your state to see if that’s possible.
Post # 15
@krex: I just went through the process of acting like I wanted to order a BC from the place @BotticelliLove: mentioned.
23.00 for the agency
6.00 processing fee
19.00 for US air mail (3-5 days processing before it’s shipped) or zero dollars for regular mail.
Post # 16
Do not use a website like vital chex. They charge crazy amounts of money because most people don’t know you can just call your town city hall Yourself and get it.
Parents can can order it too and mail it to you