Which birth certificate is acceptable?
- USCIS will only accept a long-form birth certificate which lists at least one parent. For each country, the U.S. government has specific guidelines on what types of birth certificates are acceptable. The requirements vary widely, not just by country but also by the region or province.
What does an authentic birth certificate look like?
A certified copy of a birth certificate issued by the Local Vital Records Office will have a raised seal, will show the signature of the Local Registrar, and will be printed on security paper.
What is the difference between an original birth certificate and a certified copy?
The number one difference between official and informational birth certificate copies is a registrar’s seal. The type of seal used varies by states, but will be proof that the birth certificate is a government issued, certified document. The seal might be raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored.
Is my birth certificate real?
If you are not sure if your certificate is an official one, look for a government seal on them. It might be raised, into the paper as well as a signature of the state, county or city registrar on it.
What if my birth certificate does not have a raised seal?
If the white and black copy of your birth certificate does not include a multi-colored or raised seal, it is not a certified copy and probably will not be accepted as a legal document. Even if your white and black copy does contain a seal, it may not be accepted as a legal copy due to the age of the document.
What is a full birth certificate?
A full birth certificate includes the following details: Your full name. Your date and place of birth. Your parents’ full names.
Why does my birth certificate look different?
The state-issued birth certificate document typically looks very different from the Standard Certificate of Live Birth form. It is usually more formal-looking, printed on thicker paper with the issuing state, county, or municipality’s name and seal clearly visible.
How do I find my birth certificate?
Contact the vital records office in the state or territory where you were born to get a copy of your birth certificate. Follow the instructions for requesting copies and paying fees. If you need a copy fast, ask about expedited service or shipping when you place your order.
Do all birth certificates have seals?
Certified copies of birth certificates have a raised seal and a stamp that is particular to the issuing government. Any time a birth certificate is required to prove identity, a certified copy is a must, because the raised seal shows that the record is authentic.
What is a DS 1350 birth certificate?
Certification of Report of Birth (DS-1350) The Department of State issues a DS-1350 to U.S. citizens in the U.S. who were born outside the U.S. and acquired U.S. citizenship at birth, based on the information shown on the FS-240.