My wife and I are going on our first cruise for our five-year anniversary next weekend. We were told by our TA that we needed a certified copy of our birth certificate, which we got from the dept of vital health records.
We faxed a copy to our TA and she said what we had was fine.
After reading these boards, I see that a lot of folks are saying the copy needs to have a raised seal. Our doesn't, but it is authentic and has a state seal watermark.
We just don't want to be shut out when we try to board.
Any other Virginians have any problems with this? If so, any advice.
I'm not from Virginia....but your description of what you have sounds OK. Some states have raised seals/some watermarks/others [such as California--where I live] have special ink seals for identification. The main thing we're saying is that is has to be authentic/a certified copy. Not a copy you made at the local drugstore....or a "hospital certificate of birth".
BUT, a passpost is really the way to go, especially if you think you might be cruising (or traveling for that matter) out of the country again.
I've traveled with both, and a passport zips you right thru all lines. When I traveled with my birth certificate, the officials pored over it, causing my heart to beat a little faster!
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You should be fine, you also need your driver's license or photo id. Using birth certificates is becoming a real hassle at customs, its fine for this trip, but if you are planning on doing any traveling or crusing in the future get the passport.