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Old August 19th, 2001, 09:04 AM
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I have a question on the brith certificate needed.

The birth certificate my husband has is a "Delayed Certificate of Birth" from the Vital Statistics - State Board of Health - South Carolina - It does have a seal of the right side and signed by the Registrar - this has been the only birth certificate he has ever had, apparently there was a fire when he was a child and this is what his parents received from the state of South Carolina to replace it.

I just want to make sure this is ok, it has been accepted from things like going into the Military. It states at the seal that this is a true copy of the orginal certificate filed in the records of South carolina and that the seal renders it valid. He also has a card from the state of South Carolina.

I just want to make sure we wont have any problems gettingthe ship, we sail on the Nordic Empress Sept 2, 2001. Will this be ok? Thank you.
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Old August 19th, 2001, 09:57 AM
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As long as it has the seal, it should be fine! The types of "birth certificates" that they *don't* accept are the ones that, for example, the hospital issues. But since his was issued from the state and has a seal, I can't imagine that it wouldn't be acceptable!
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Old August 19th, 2001, 10:24 AM
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Linda,
Before my wife obtained her passport she always used the card as do my sons. They were all born in SC and we have never had a problem. We even used the card to get her the passport! Notice how often I have said "passpot"? Reason is that it is the absolute best form of ID that you can ever obtain and is recognizable anywhere in the world by everyone. Get a passport if at all possible.
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Old August 19th, 2001, 10:38 AM
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I feel it will be sufficient also. I emailed RCI to be sure. Shelli wrote:
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> As long as it has the seal, it should be fine! The types of
> "birth certificates" that they *don't* accept are the ones
> that, for example, the hospital issues. But since his was
> issued from the state and has a seal, I can't imagine that it
> wouldn't be acceptable!
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Old August 19th, 2001, 10:41 AM
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Our sailing date is so close, we were thinking about getting a passport we only have 10 business days left. I don't think that is enough time. I emailed RCI and explained to them, I am awaiting a reply now. I feel that the BC will be sufficient, since it does have a seal on it,.Robocop wrote:
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> Linda,
> Before my wife obtained her passport she always used the
> card as do my sons. They were all born in SC and we have
> never had a problem. We even used the card to get her the
> passport! Notice how often I have said "passpot"? Reason is
> that it is the absolute best form of ID that you can ever
> obtain and is recognizable anywhere in the world by everyone.
> Get a passport if at all possible.
> Jim
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Old August 19th, 2001, 11:25 AM
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I just received a reply from RCI, here is the reply:
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Thank you for your inquiry.

Please be advised that as long as the Certificate has the seal on it, that
verifies its
authenticity, this will be sufficient. Remember to have him bring a picture
I.D. along with the certificate.

Thank you for choosing Royal Caribbean International,

Alexxx,
Vacation Planner Representative.

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Shelli wrote:
>
> As long as it has the seal, it should be fine! The types of
> "birth certificates" that they *don't* accept are the ones
> that, for example, the hospital issues. But since his was
> issued from the state and has a seal, I can't imagine that it
> wouldn't be acceptable!
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Old August 19th, 2001, 01:51 PM
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Hi Linda,
Just for future travels, think about getting those passports, think you will be fine with what you already have, hope RCCL does get back to you, but I totally agree with Robocop, passports are the best means of identification.
Here is a link to get started on passports if you do decide to get them for future travels:

<http://travel.state.gov/passport_easy.html>
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Old August 19th, 2001, 02:22 PM
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I agree, we had planned on doing that but time just got away from us, now its so close not sure we could get it in time. I got a response from RCI: (see below)

---------Begin------
Thank you for your inquiry.

Please be advised that as long as the Certificate has the seal on it, that
verifies its
authenticity, this will be sufficient. Remember to have him bring a picture
I.D. along with the certificate.

Thank you for choosing Royal Caribbean International,
--------End-----------------
So I think we are ok, but for our next cruise we are getting passports. Thanks for the response and the url..

- Linda
Alexxx,
Vacation Planner Representative.
----donna wrote:
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> Hi Linda,
> Just for future travels, think about getting those passports,
> think you will be fine with what you already have, hope RCCL
> does get back to you, but I totally agree with Robocop,
> passports are the best means of identification.
> Here is a link to get started on passports if you do decide
> to get them for future travels:
> <img
> src="http://animatedgif.net/sitemessages/links/hotsites_e0.gif">
> <http://travel.state.gov/passport_easy.html>
> Enjoy the cruise!
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> Donna
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Old August 19th, 2001, 02:50 PM
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I jsut went to the url you sent and I dont think we could get the passport in time at this late date. I was reading the criteria for getting a passport and it does say they accept "Delayed Birth Certificates" so I think if they accept it, then we should have no problems with it, it does have a seal on it, and RCI said as long as it had a embossed seal on it, we were good to go.. But I know for the next trip I am getting passports.

- Lindadonna wrote:
>
> Hi Linda,
> Just for future travels, think about getting those passports,
> think you will be fine with what you already have, hope RCCL
> does get back to you, but I totally agree with Robocop,
> passports are the best means of identification.
> Here is a link to get started on passports if you do decide
> to get them for future travels:
> <img
> src="http://animatedgif.net/sitemessages/links/hotsites_e0.gif">
> <http://travel.state.gov/passport_easy.html>
> Enjoy the cruise!
>
> Donna
> Tuesday Chat Host
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Old August 21st, 2001, 11:33 PM
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You can get a passport within 24 hours if absolutely necessary. But this time it makes sense just to take the birth certificate and photo ID's. Start the process in the fall when things are a little calmer in the passport offices. Things get a little insane in the summer when kids and teachers are out of school. That's when they want to travel.

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