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Old December 1st, 2006, 06:05 PM
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We will leave on NCL Sun 12/17. An older friend that is going with us applied for her birth certificate. She had gotten it and never checked it over thoroughly. Called me today because she realized the only thing correct on it is her birthday. Her name is wrong..her mothers name is wrong and so is her father's name. She only has a drivers license, This is the birth certificate that the vital statistics people sent her. She called and they said she would have to get a lawyer to change things for her. She has no passport. Will they really check for her birth certificate. She is 80 years old. What other form of ID is acceptable. She does not have a marriage license. Thanks
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Old December 2nd, 2006, 06:36 AM
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they do chk id--we always present passports

you need to contact travel agent quickly or call cruise line directly
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Have to agree with NB.

This could cause a real problem trying to board the ship.
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There is no other form of ID that she could use? We have been planning this since August. I didn't know until last month that she didn't have proper ID. But she told me it was all taken care of. I will have to call travel agent.
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I would consider rushing through for a passport if those Id will even be the proper once to get that??
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Have you tried calling your congressman for help - sometimes they can push buttons no one else can. Second, if you do get an attorney - make it one that specializes in Immigration and Naturalization - they have more inroads and contacts to the passport people than anyone. More expensive but faster and will cost less in the long run. The more documents you can pull together quickly the easier it will be for the attorney. (Marriage License, Baptismal Certificate, Drivers License, any other court documents - if you served on jury duty etc, library card and so forth) You might get it done in time with a pro.
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We only have 14 more days,and she says its becoming expensive to get this taken care of. This will be her first cruise. I guess we could try and call her congressman,but I think they are all still working on the Katrina issues. Will let you all know how this works out.
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Well, I would call Carnival immediately and ask to speak to a supervisor, not waste time with the peeps who answer the phone. Not sure if there's much they can do, but good grief! What do they think an 80 year old woman is going to do????

Good luck! Let us know what happens!
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How come her name is wrong on her birth certificate? Is she sure they didn't send her the wrong one since her parent's names are also wrong???

Very curious!
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How come her name is wrong on her birth certificate? Is she sure they didn't send her the wrong one since her parent's names are also wrong???

Very curious!
She says every time she has tried for it ,it has been a hassle. So she just uses her drivers license. Was my last post kinda borderline. Sorry. I should be more careful. But we will let you all know the outcome.We are still working on this. I'm going to call the cruiseline again. Don't really have a TA because we booked online. Might be a good deal,but if she can't go not such a good deal. Thanks everyone for all your suggestions
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Without a valid birth certificate or passport they will not let her board. All the lines are very strict and to the letter of the law.
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It doesnt matter where your congressman/woman is, their staff does the work anyway. They have been known to help within a few days for an elderly constituent. If anyone can pull strings they can. The bureau of vital statistics in her birth city may have the wrong document in the file - it could take an attorney to solve it but I sure would be on the phone to your congressional delegation and their staffs tomorrow.
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Well, the 17th has come and gone. I hope her friend was able to go on the cruise!
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As she is a U.S. citizen wouldn't she have a Voter's Registration Card?
Also, I think if people who are not related submit noturized letters on her behalf stating on how long they have known her = can't that be of some
use for proof of citizenship??
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As she is a U.S. citizen wouldn't she have a Voter's Registration Card?
Also, I think if people who are not related submit noturized letters on her behalf stating on how long they have known her = can't that be of some
use for proof of citizenship??
Neither are good enough.
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Hopefully she will post again soonly so we can know what happened!!!
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