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Everything you need to know about vital records and why you may need them. The difference between long and short forms, as well as, how you can obtain a certified copy. All this and more answered in this section.
Short Form Birth Certificate Format
A short form birth certificate contains almost all of the important information that is on a long form birth certificate except it may not have signatures or detailed parents information on it depending on the state location. It is usually used as proof of identity or citizenship. However, some states may not accept this version and require you ro request the long form. If you need the long form you will need to specify that in your application.
Long Form Birth Certificate Format
A long form birth certificate, which is often referred to as the official version, typically has all the information regarding an individual's birth birth. However, the information included varies from state to state (e.g.; time and place of birth, parent’s names,address, signatures of those present at birth, etc.) A long form is often used to start an adoption process, if you are applying for a dual citizenship, or to obtain a passport.
A certified copy of a birth certificate will usually include the following information (valid for obtaining a passport):
It is very important that if you need your certificate for a Passport application that you select this as the 'Reason' for ordering the record. If you require a certified document for use overseas (Marriage abroad, International Adoption, Dual Citizenship, etc.,) you will need a separate certification referred to as an 'Apostille' or 'Certification Certificate'.
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Everything you need to know about the process of requesting a certified birth or death certificate. All about eligibility and ID requirements and how to request your certified copy of a birth or death certificate.
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