Abstract of Birth Certificate

Posted January 5th, 2009, 03:41 PMHas anyone ever used an Abstract of Birth Certificate with a raised seal along with a photo id? Any problems? Posted January 5th, 2009, 03:59 PMWhat's that? A state issued BC and DL is just fine until the end of May 2009 for Caribbean destinations. Posted January 5th, 2009, 04:01 PM

What's that? A state issued BC and DL is just fine until the end of May 2009 for Caribbean destinations.
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Posted January 5th, 2009, 04:22 PMthat is what I received when I asked for certified copy of b.c. We used ours to get a passport but government office said that works just the same as a copy as long as it has raised seal. No problem it'll work for you. We got a passport just to save the headache and be able to sail right thru customs Posted January 5th, 2009, 04:22 PMI used an abstract (from CA) to get on a RCI cruise ship in 2003, along with a drivers' license (and a marriage certificate to prove the name change). BUT, the government would not take that same abstract a couple years later when I applied for a passport. I fianlly found an old passport that I thought I'd lost to use to get the new passport. Moral of the story: get a copy of your birth certificate (and a passport) when you're not in a hurry! PHXscuba

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PMThanks for the replies. I am asking on behalf of my parents. I called RCCL and they said it would be ok but I don't want any issues at the pier. Posted January 5th, 2009, 07:17 PMAn Abstract Birth Certificate is basically a "short form" with limited information. I think you can use it for the cruise, and that seems to be backed up by your phone call to RCI. Just an FYI...

A few Internet searches seemed to indicate that an abstract B/C would not be acceptable for Passport applications. If you were going to eventually apply for a Passport it looks like you need the "long form".

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Posted January 5th, 2009, 09:11 PMI did some research on this myself. The short answer is yes... it will be fine (along with a DL). The long answer is that they have a different set of rules when you are applying for a passport than they do when you are traveling. They require the full certificate when you are applying... but they will take a short form with a raised seal when you are traveling on a cruise. Here is a link to the FAQ's from Homeland Security... look towards the bottom...

http://www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/...andsea_faq.pdf

Posted January 5th, 2009, 10:11 PM
I did some research on this myself. The short answer is yes... it will be fine (along with a DL). The long answer is that they have a different set of rules when you are applying for a passport than they do when you are traveling. They require the full certificate when you are applying... but they will take a short form with a raised seal when you are traveling on a cruise. Here is a link to the FAQ's from Homeland Security... look towards the bottom...

http://www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/...andsea_faq.pdf

No I used the 'short form' as that is all that is available from the county I was born in. I called gov't office before hand and she said 'absolutely it is the same as long as it has raised seal'. It certifies you were born a US citizen.


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