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Subject: Re: [TMG] Evidence Style source question
Date: Sat, 06 Feb 2010 08:11:52 -0500
References: <4B6C97DD.email@example.com> <004b01caa6c9$ac4cc4b0$04e64e10$@net><firstname.lastname@example.org>
In the US, a Certified copy of a birth certificate has an embossed
(raised) seal that attests to its being issued by the relevant
government agency and I guess somewhat to its validity. There is usually
an extra charge to get a Certified copy. You can also get an ordinary
copy from the same agency, for a lesser charge.
For many purposes in the US, proving a birth or death requires the copy
be certified and have this Seal (or some other kind of certification
symbol that is official).
Hope this helps.
On 2/6/2010 04:29 AM, Chris wrote:
> I'm not a native of the USofA and need a bit of educating. What is the
> difference between a "certified copy of birth" and a "birth certificate"?
> Why would there be no copy of the "birth certificate" other than that held
> by John?
> Please bear in mind that I think I only have one piece of paper proving that
> I was born in England - that issued by the Government.
> [Christopher Gray - England]
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