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Old November 17th, 2005, 12:20 AM
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We sail on December 22, 2005 and my husband just received his birth certificate where we discovered that his last name was misspelled (a k instead of a h in the middle of the name). The birth certificate is from Louisiana and took over six weeks to get the first time. We don't think we have time to try to get it corrected before the cruise. Any suggestions. I'm about to panic!!!!
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Old November 17th, 2005, 01:17 AM
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I would try and call them, stating your situation and have them FED EX it to you at their expense since it was their mistake. If you can't call, then send a letter ASAP and a COPY of the incorrect BC, again stating and highlighting the error. Explain nicely that you need it by 12/05/05 at the latest. As soon as you get back, apply for a passport which is good for 10 years. Good Luck!

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Old November 17th, 2005, 12:31 PM
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could it be that the way the birth certificate came to you is the way his name is recorded, making it his legal name? Or is a clerical error? You need to call the town hall in Lousiana and find out, and go from there. If the bc is correct then you need to go to the DMV with the bc get driver's license changed-that's fairly easy, and you need to call the cruise line and have them change your documents- because that would be the correct legal spelling of his name.
If it is a clerical error, have the town hall send you a corrected bc, overnight ship it. Explain the situation, and hope for the best.
I would call immigration to find out exactly where you stand.
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Old November 17th, 2005, 02:23 PM
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This is definately a serious problem because of exactly what Lisa has said. If this is the way the name was recorded originally then for better or worse it is his legal name! Now if it is simply a clerical error when transcribed then they should fix it for you for no charge and expidite you a corrected copy. As soon as you return, get a darn Passport! It is good for ANY legal identification anywhere in the world including the USA for anything that required ID here.
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Old November 25th, 2005, 12:54 AM
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We went to the closest Vital Records office yesterday. The birth certificate that he received was a transcribed version not the original. Since his father's name was spelled correctly on the certificate, it is an obvious typographical error. However, they told us the only office that can make corrections is New Orleans and that office has not reopened yet. The clerk told us it could take as long as 3 months to get the error corrected. Obviously this can't be done before our cruise on December 22nd. At this point the only thing is to hope for the best. We will be taking our marriage license that has the name spelled correctly and I told my husband to pull out his military discharge papers that also has the name spelled correctly. With these two documents as well as his driver's license, and the fact that his father's name is spelled correctly on the birth certificate maybe we will be able to board without a problem. As a last ditch effort, he is going to check with the college where he received is degree and see if they have a certified copy of the original birth certificate in their records and if they would be willing to part with it if they do. Keep your fingers crossed this will all work out okay. Definately when we get the corrected birth certificate the next stop will be a passport office!!!!!!!!
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