Certified Copy Birth Certificate

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  1. HCDS

    HCDS Member

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    Does anyone know exactly what is meant by certified copy of birth certificate that needs to be sent to USMA?
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  2. Luigi59

    Luigi59 Banned

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    Certified copies are issued by your state's Dept of Health or Vital Records Division and most have a raised seal to authenticate them.
     
  3. LSSmith

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    What they mean by certified copy is one with a raised seal on it. It can not be a photo copy of your original birth certificate. Usually you can obtain a certified copy from the records department in the city in which you were born.
     
  4. tothetop14

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    birth certificates

    For USNA, the instructions said that a certified copy of the birth cert OR a notarized copy of the certified copy. I even sent an e-mail to our regional director asking if this was really accurate....so we took the birth certificate with the raised seal to a notary public at the bank, she made a copy and then signed and afixed her raised seal certifiying that it was a notarized copy of the original (raised seal).

    I imagine it's the same at USMA.
     
  5. Just_A_Mom

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    A certified copy of your birth certificate is proof of your age and birth place (citizenship).

    It's easy to get a certified copy of your birth certificate go to the Vital Statitics department in your state - you can probably order it online.

    If you have one in your possession; i.e. the one your parents got when you were born - don't send that in. Keep it and order another.
     
  6. HCDS

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    Thank you everyone.
     
  7. BeatNavy

    BeatNavy USMA Cadet

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    Yeah it was easy to do online for Pennsylvania. You just had to plug in your personal info and pay like 20 bucks and mine came in a few days.
     
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    I am not sure if you all are aware, ( I found this out after we lost birth certificates due to a Hurricane). You are only allowed 10 certfied copies of your birth certificate for the rest of your life. Apparently, they changed this after 911.
     
  9. Luigi59

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    In what state?

    I know the federal government restricts a person to 10 lifetime copies of their Social Security card, but birth certificates are issued by the states, not the federal government.

    Can you post a link to your information?
     
  10. linkgmr

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    Er...I was born in New Jersey, and now I live in Texas. What am I supposed to do about this, exactly?
     
  11. Just_A_Mom

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    Go online to the New Jersey department of Vital Statistics. google it. it will tell you how you can get your birth certificate.
     

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