My birth certificate which i am using along with my drivers liscense to travel is extremely worn. You can hardly see the raised seal. We are crusing in 3 days and it is to late to get another(we are in another state) Please reasure me and tell me it will be o.k.
Its been said many times before -- Get a passport!!! I really hope you wont have any issues with a worn birth certificate, but you may want to see if there is anyway a new one can be overnighted to you. I believe its possible, but I am not sure.
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My raised seal wasn't so "raised" anymore. the immigration officer looked at it, looked at me, ran his fingers along the seal (which you could BARELY feel), looked at me again for a looooong time, then passed me through.
After my heart quit pounding I vowed to get a passport (for this and many other reasons) ASAP. I got them for the whole family and now will rest easy.
You obviously don't have time to get a passport, but if you plan to cruise again, it's worth the investment for next time.
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Good idea Lisak , but no, that can't be done. I called Carnival last night and they made me feel alittle better saying it would be fine. I am stlii nervous about it but there's nothing else we can do except hope for the best.
Thanks all for your help
I once flew from Tallahassee to Miami a day earlier than the rest of my group for a trip from TLH to Paris-CDG via a plane change in Miami. I had to do this, because my passport was mutilated by my dog about 2 weeks before my trip. (i.e. the dog ate my passport!). I was able to obtain a new passport the same day as the flight leaving Miami by bringing in what was left of the old one, and a new photo.
Before I scheduled the early departure out of TLH, I called the passport agency in Miami to make sure I could do this. You may want to call your nearest passport agency to see if you can still get same day service. In addition, the government will probably charge you an extra fee for this, and if I recall, I had to have my plane ticket showing I was scheduled to leave the country.
You don't necessary have to go to Miami a day early yourself. You just must go to a passport office in person. They are scattered throughought the country in larger cities. In my case, the closest offices to northern Florida were New Orleans and Miami. In addition, I was lucky, as I explained the situation to the Delta, who basically changed my ticket to allow a "layover" in Miami. If I recall, I did had to pay some time of penalty fare to change the ticket....about $100 or so.
Although everyone has given you good advice about getting a passport for next time, the fact remains that you're worried about using a worn birth certificate for this time. I really don't think you have anything to worry about-- as long as it's obvious that it's really a certified copy or original, the raised seal part isn't as important as you'd think. Matter of fact, many states don't use raised seals at all on official certified birth certificates. The important thing is that it's fairly legible, and as long as it is, you shouldn't have any problems at all.