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    Copy of birth certificate to use to get a passport?

    Question by JorynLeigh: Copy of birth certificate to use to get a passport?
    If I obtain a birth certificate from one of the online agencies (when I go into google and type “birth certificate”) will this be sufficient to use to get a passport? Also are these services safe to get a passport from?
    I was born in Chicago, IL

    what else will I have to bring with me?

    Best answer:

    Answer by Bozema
    It’s much easier just to get one on your own and you don’t have to pay a service, which is a rip-off. Just contact the County Clerk of the county you were born in and they will tell you the process. Often you need to get a form notarized affirming you are who you say you are and pay a small fee to the county. Then they send you a certified birth certifcate stamped with the official county seal. You need a certified birth certificate to get a passport. Most counties put their procedure and often their forms on their websites.

    You have to go through all these steps whether you use a service or not, so there’s no reason to use the service. Also, some services don’t get you an official certified copy of the birth certificate, which is useless for getting a passport.

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    By admin | 30. Mar 2011 | Birth Certificate | 2 Comments »


    1. The Shadow says:

      You don’t mention your citizenship, so I’m assuming that it is U.S. The following information is copied off the U.S. State Department website:

      “You may prove U.S. Citizenship with any one of the following:

      * Previous U.S. Passport (mutilated, altered, or damaged passports are not acceptable as evidence of U.S. citizenship.)
      * Certified birth certificate issued by the city, county or state

      A certified birth certificate has a registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office, which must be within 1 year of your birth. Please note that some short (abstract) versions of birth certificates may not be acceptable for passport purposes.”

      If this is your first passport, you have to apply in person. Many post offices provide this service, so you probably don’t have to go far. You can send it to a passport expediting service after that and you’ll get it faster, but the service is very expensive. Don’t bother unless it’s an emergency and you need it very fast.

    2. Alex F says:

      I agree with Bozema… Go directly to the Clerk of Viral Records for the city or county you were born. Each place has a slightly different procedure and fees. If you tell me City and State of your birth… I can give much more detailed information.

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