I sent off for a new copy of my birth certificate, but it was mistakenly thrown away by the house cleaners! I have my original birth certificate (Washoe County, NV circa 1981), and was wondering if anyone has either experienced a problem using a B.C. that no longer has a raised seal due to age or if anyone has been in a similar situation and had no problem.
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They should accept it as the portion that was raised is still visible to some degee, or maybe your state does not have a riased seal. Either way, if it is an original issued birth certificate issued by a government office it is acceptable.
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Thank you for the info. BTW, I'm sure I'm not the only person who finds it completely unhelpful when a question about birth certificates is answered with a simple "get a passport!" Yes, I will be getting a passport in the future, but this time around I simply could not squeeze an extra $170.00 (for the two of us) out of the pre-Christmas budget, especially as this is our first cruise.
I just commented on BC on the another post,but, wanted to let you know we had the same problem,looked into getting passport & it was an extra 60.00 just to have it expedited,on top of the other 85.00 fees. I went through vitalcheck,but, that took 5 days with speedy delivery. Good luck!
Alex, my son and husband's birth certs do not have raised seals but rather a stamp and you can tell it's original. We have been on several cruises and it was never questioned. Each state is different. BTW there are 4 of us and it happened that we were all born in different states. All our certs are different in size, info contained and seal vs stamp. Happy sailing! And I agree with your aggravation about the passport comment. I thought about getting one for our upcoming and my husband agreed too why spend that much money when we could use it on the cruise. It's not a hassle for us to take our certs, we've done it many many times.
Here was my problem. I had a very old photocopy of my birth certificate, which was a copy of my original birth certificate on microfisch <~~Spelled Corrected??? It was the only copy I had and because I didn't live close to my homestate and kind of refused to pay $50 or $60 bucks for another photocopy from one of the online birth certificate places I just took it, along with my social security card, a drivers license, and an old military ID of mine.
I'm not saying anything about the security of boarding ships, what I'm saying is that I tucked the military ID in pocket just as a backup because I know it's an acceptable form of id along with a drivers license. But I presented only my copy of the birth certificate, drivers license and credit card and I got everything I needed to board the ship.
Darrick, living close to your home state should have NOTHING to do with getting a certified copy. You don't have to apply in person, just call them. You don't have to pay $50 to an online birth certificate company! Like I said before, it's one phone call, a stamp, and not a huge amount of money. From my state it was $10.
Getting a certified copy of a birth certificate is done all the time folks, there's a vital statistics person that does nothing BUT that in most states and/or counties.
Trust me - just call the county in which you were born and they will help you.
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