Hi getting ready for my cruise and have a question...have all my paper work including birth certificates...My question is my wifes birth certificate is from California and is on microfilm has the state seal stamped on it (not raised) she says it will be fine...she says it is the only one she has used for the past 20 years.....anyone else use the microfilm and was there any problems.......thanks
My birth certificate from The State of Texas is not my original (but state certified copy) and it does not have a raised seal on it and it worked fine for my cruise last October and will be using it again 2 weeks from today.
My husband and I are both from California (LA County) and we looked into this also. I believe what you mean by microfilm is that they store it on microfilm and when it's printed out onto your birth certificate is is black with white lettering. That is the way ours are and it also has a stamped purple box showing it's a certifiied copy. Our cruise line and our TA both thought this would be okay. To make double sure my husband ended up calling the County Recorder's Office and found out it's not okay and we would have to get new ones. They told him the reason being, with copiers being as good as they are now anyone could make one look official. So we went ahead and got new ones. The new ones are totally different. They look more like an official document. They have a fancy blue design around the edges with red running through the center with 2 raised seals at the bottom and when you hold it up to the light it says Official Copy printed in the paper. We got our son a new one too (Ventura County) and his looks just the same but just the different county. If you ask me better safe than sorry and worth the $18. to get a new one. Hope this helps.
Good information, CruisinBeagle! My original birth certificate is the old black and white photostat (military...shows my age, I guess), and would not have been accepted. That's why I've had a Passport for years.