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Old November 21st, 2003, 08:29 PM
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I am having a hard time with this......my mom has her ORIGINAL birth and marriage certificates. Need they be notorized? Thanks!!!!!

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No, all she needs is her origional with the raised seals. Although traveling with a passport is actually the best identification you can have. In case you want to apply for one, here is a link with instructions:

http://travel.state.gov/passport_easy.html

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Old November 21st, 2003, 09:25 PM
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OMG!! The certificate she showed me doesn't have the raised seal - I don't think. Maybe she should take it to a TA so they can tell her if it's good? What do ya think? This is her first time (and maybe last - hahahah) flying so I'd hate for her to spend the money on a passport.

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Old November 22nd, 2003, 07:50 AM
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If you are in doubt, contact the city she was born in and request a new copy of the birth certificate. They will put the raised seal on it. I'm sure the price varies, but in MA it cost just $5-8 for ours. I called ahead, they looked them up to make sure they were there and I picked up one, and sent a check via mail for the other. I had all of them within 5 days!

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I called the county in which my son was born, got the address, mailed them the request and $10 and had it within 5 days. Simple. I would go with the certified copy. I know that all the cruiselines *say* original is okay, but......

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as long it is the raised-seal long form then you will be fine. If for some reason you can't get the raised seal form you will need to go to a notary public and get the certificate that you have notarized.
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It actually depends on the state on whether they have a raised seal. I live in Mississippi, and I just so happen to have my birth certificate (which arrived yesterday) with me as I am applying for a passport today. There is no raised seal, but only the words "THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE IS A TRUE AND CORRECT COPY OF THE CERTIFICATE ON FILE IN THIS OFFICE." In Mississippi, there are two different versions of the BC, the "long form" and the abstract.

What I suggest is to do a web search with the name of your state and the words "birth certificate." (For example, mine would be "Mississippi birth certificate." You should be able to find the bureau of vital records' web site for your state (or your state's equivalent). They should be able to answer any questions.

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I couldn't find my b-c before my first cruise. I went to the courthouse, paid $5.00 and got a certified copy. I had no problems boarding with it.
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Here's a major dilemma!!

My birth certificate says "Smith".
HOWEVER, my marriage certificate has me going from "Wilson" (my 1st married name) to "Vitous" (my current married name). NOW what?

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Debv i have one word for you Passport. You could run into some snags with all those names.
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Nooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!

I was hoping to be spared that expense!!!

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AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just called Buycruises.com and he said all I need is my birth certificate and my driver's license and that it's ok that the names don't match as it happens with most women. Feedback welcome!!

I also just got done reading a weather post. If it rains on my parade, I will be soooooooo upset!!!

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I don't blame you for not wanting the expense of a passport, BUT think how horrible it would be if you got to port and the name-thing became an issue. I've heard tales of people not being allowed to board for various birth certificate/ID reasons.....

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Yes, I think traveling with a passport is the only way to go, its actually a small investment for 10 years. First thing they will ask you at the airport is to see your passport. Dorothy, you also have some valid points for having a passport, I'm very glad I applied for one years ago.

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I don't advise traveling without the passport. For some reason, the guy in Mexico stamped my birth certificate thinking it was my passport. Now I have a Mexico stamp on my birth certificate!!!
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I cruise quite frequently and the name on my birth certificate is different from the name on my drivers license. Never had a problem!
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I prefer to have all my bases covered!

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Debv.
Planning 1st cruise and on checking passport vs. birth certificate find that passports are approximately $85. Is this standard? Also, note passport is good for 10 yrs. on the web site I found, is there a 5 yr?
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I'm pretty sure all adult passports are for 10 years. Children are for less (6 years, I think) because they change so much. Yes, $85 was the amount I was quoted at the post office.

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Nope haven't heard of a 5 yr passport. And yes on the $85.

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Just got our 1st passports last month for our cruise in March. They were 85.00 a piece and good for 10 yrs. They only make 10 yr passports from what I gather and for 10yrs at 85.00 that's pretty good deal. Saves me the bother of taking birth certificate plus drivers license plus marriage license along on our cruise to show everytime. Our daughter, who will be 10, is just taking her birth certificate along.

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