This week I received copies of 2 of my sons' birth certificates. I had requested Certified copies through Vital Check. The certificate which came from FL does have a small raised seal on the bottom left corner. The certificate which came from VA does not have a raised seal. Both certificates have "water marks" on them. I've always had the raised-seal type of Certified birth certificates to use when cruising in the past. So, I was very leary of these new certificates. When I questioned someone in the FL Dept. of Health, she told me that the certificates which they are now issuing use "water marks" rather than raised seals, and that she assumed other states were doing the same.
Has anyone else received a Certified copy of a birth certificate that did NOT have a raised seal on it? Did you have problems using this type of certificate during the embarkation process?