I'm sorry...I know it seems like you omniscient ones answer the same question over and over again, but I couldn't find the answer by searching the forums. I dug out my birth certificate in preparation of getting a passport, and noticed that it was essentially ripped in half and someone (my mother?) had taped it back together. Do you know if the passport office would accept this since it was "altered?" It does have the raised seal, as well as full names of my parents.