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Old May 2nd, 2006, 10:29 AM
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Is it hard to get through immigration with a copy of a birth certificate instead of an original? My original burned in a house fire. I have a state certified copy though.[/list]
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You need an offical copy of your birth certificate with the raised seal.
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If it's a state certified copy like you said, it should be fine. That's what most people have. In fact, does anyone actually have their original? Wouldn't the original be still on file with the state.
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as long as your copy is official, certified with a raised seal or watermark you will be fine. If you are traveling after 12/31/06 you will need a passport.
Immigration can be a bit of a hassle with the birth certificates and photo id's - its so much easier with the passport.
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As long as the copy you have is a "state-issued, certified copy', you're good to go.

Dina - Many states are now issuing the b/c on watermark paper - so no raised seal.
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You better double check the birth certificate thing. We were required to get passports this time.
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As long as the copy you have is a "state-issued, certified copy', you're good to go.

Dina - Many states are now issuing the b/c on watermark paper - so no raised seal.
Thank you. I've had a passport since I was a baby so I haven't seen a birth certificate in a very long time.
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You better double check the birth certificate thing. We were required to get passports this time.
Passports won't be required for cruise travel until 12/31/06.
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some islands have tightened their immigration laws. Some require passports to enter (Aruba for one, i think) double check with your TA, get the passport.
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I worked for our county's Probate Court for several years, amending birth certificates and issuing delayed birth registrations. A lot of people get confused when it comes to birth certificates. At the hospital, the beautiful hospital document with a gold seal is called a "keepsake" birth certificate, suitable for framing (or whatever you'd like to do with it ) The hospital sends the official birth registration to the state's Health Department, Division of Vital Records. Whenever you need an official copy, you contact the Health Department and request a CERTIFIED COPY of your birth certificate. When it comes, it will contain the registration number issued by the state, and an imprinted (or sometimes a sticker) seal with the signature stamp of the head of the Health Department or whoever holds the vital records ( this also includes death certificates). That means that you could lose your birth certificate a hundred times (hope not ) and still get the CERTIFIED COPY that serves as the official record of your birth.

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Dbaby is right. When I got my passport in 2000, I had one of those "keepsake" birth certificates and the lady at the post office said it would probably not be accepted. She gave me the number of a company I could call and get a new birth certificate practically overnight, which I did. (It was going to take longer to justs go through the state office.) I got one for Mr. Longhorn, too, since we never did have one of his.

Then just last March, we had to help our daughter get a passport (she didn't have current ID so needed us to sign an affidavit as to her identity. The lady at the post office said that they've been told not to accept birth certificates from Texas or California unless there's an "I" next to the registration number -- something about too many forgeries from these states. And apparently Colorado won't accept city-issued birth certificates for drivers licenses -- only state or county issued.

Anyway, it's only going to get tougher so it looks like a passport is the way to go eventually.
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