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Old 05-13-2009, 04:34 PM   #1
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WARNING - Disney will not accept xerox copy/birth certificate for free Birthday entry

Disney told my DH on the phone today that they will take the original birth certificate or a "certified copy" which is not the same as a notorized copy.

A certified copy from the state here costs $12.

I might add they won't take a notorized copy of the original.....he asked.

What all have you done? I don't want to order a certified copy for $12 and I don't want to haul the original around in the parks all day in my backpack.

Hmmmmm. Anyone? Can you tell me what you took for children who aren't old enough to have a DL yet?
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Old 05-13-2009, 04:37 PM   #2
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Honestly, I'd get a certified copy. It's a really useful thing to have in general.
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The original is just the same as a certified copy. All they are are copies of the info they have in the file, with a gov't notary seal on it (that's the "certified" part).

Your originally is simply the original certified copy made.

So take the original, no big deal. Put it in a zip lok baggie, put that into your backpack at the bottom or in a folder, you're fine.
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Old 05-13-2009, 04:48 PM   #4
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The original is just the same as a certified copy. All they are are copies of the info they have in the file, with a gov't notary seal on it (that's the "certified" part).

Your originally is simply the original certified copy made.

So take the original, no big deal. Put it in a zip lok baggie, put that into your backpack at the bottom or in a folder, you're fine.
I might do that -- it's just that it's in a book and I didn't want it to get all bend up in my pack.
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You would be wiser to go ahead and order some so you have them later - you will need them at various times throughout your child's life. Ours are only $5.00 so I ordered three for each child but in your case I would get at least two so you have one and an extra. You'll need it for passports, driver's licenses, etc. and it's just good preparation to have them handy.

While you're at it, make sure you have a Social Security card for each child, too. You won't need them at Disney but you'll need them later, too!!
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well all of my kids have state photo ids that only cost $5 each. You get them at the DMV just like a driver's license and it requires showing their birth cert and SS card. They are a valid form of ID and something you could carry in your wallet.
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Does your county record office sell a laminated copy? We used that for dd but they don't sell them anymore. We got them the year she was born but they don't do it anymore, something about ID theft. (it's a tiny ID card that has all the info on it and can fit in your wallet). So I didn't have to worry about dragging around a paper one. I would be a little concerned about that too.
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Old 05-13-2009, 05:54 PM   #8
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well all of my kids have state photo ids that only cost $5 each. You get them at the DMV just like a driver's license and it requires showing their birth cert and SS card. They are a valid form of ID and something you could carry in your wallet.
thanks! I will check into that!
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Disney told my DH on the phone today that they will take the original birth certificate or a "certified copy" which is not the same as a notorized copy.
A certified copy from the state here costs $12.
I might add they won't take a notorized copy of the original.....he asked.
Hmmmmm. Anyone? Can you tell me what you took for children who aren't old enough to have a DL yet?
I know in many states a Notary is not allowed to make a copy of a birth certificate and notorize it is as a true copy. Florida is one of those states.

it may be a pain for but DD we showed it and then DH ran it back to the car.
if you don't want to do that, then make sure you put in in a plastic baggie in case of splash mountain or rain. back ups on birth certificates are good to have though
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I know in many states a Notary is not allowed to make a copy of a birth certificate and notorize it is as a true copy. Florida is one of those states.
As a notary in Maine, I can only certify that the person who signs the document in front of me is the person they say they are. I can't make any judgements or certifications of the document itself, be it a birth certificate, will, contract... my signature means the person who says they signed it, signed it.

I agree with what others have said, a certified copy of your birth certificate is just a useful thing to have overall and worth the money to have one.
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I know in many states a Notary is not allowed to make a copy of a birth certificate and notorize it is as a true copy. Florida is one of those states.

it may be a pain for but DD we showed it and then DH ran it back to the car.
if you don't want to do that, then make sure you put in in a plastic baggie in case of splash mountain or rain. back ups on birth certificates are good to have though
I'm a notary in Oregon, and we can't notarize birth certificates. Just get a certified copy or two--you'll need them eventually.
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Adults can use a driver's license as proof of birth, can't they? I wasn't planning on taking my birth certificate.
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Old 05-13-2009, 06:52 PM   #13
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When I ordered my kids birth certificates, I also order couple wallet size certificates for each one of them as well. That's what I plan on taking with me to Disney when we celebrate dd's birthday.
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I might do that -- it's just that it's in a book and I didn't want it to get all bend up in my pack.
You're going to need certified copies countless times...if you want to leave the original copy in the book, get another copy. I'm on my 3rd certified copy...CA seems to make them from disintegrating paper, LOL. Each one is just as official as the last, it's not hard to get them, it's not a big deal at all.

And if your state uses a raised seal (like CA does...WA however uses a flat, multicolored swirly stamp seal) and you've had it in the book, the seal is probably flat, so taking it out to use might be useless, if they can't feel that the seal is real.

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Adults can use a driver's license as proof of birth, can't they? I wasn't planning on taking my birth certificate.
Yes. Licenses, state IDs, passports...all good! Showing the birth cert is for kids too young for driver's licenses who don't have state IDs or passports.
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Adults can use a driver's license as proof of birth, can't they? I wasn't planning on taking my birth certificate.
Yes. Birth certs are just for children under 18 without another form of ID such as a passport or state or military ID. Your DL is fine.
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