So, the FAQ about weddings says :
I don’t really understand what I get notarized?
You will take your original documents to a notary. They will then take a copy of the documents, and notarize the copy stating they have seen the original documents. You will then send us the notarized copies, and keep your originals at home.
So.. I'm thinking I'm totally fine. Our wedding is 50 days away, documents have to be there 30 days in advance. Heck.. I'm totally in the clear, right?
I go to 2 different notaries and they both tell me the same thing. It is illegal to notarize a copy of a birth certificate. I have to get a "certified copy" from the county of origin.
I was born in Oregon, him in CA. Oregon has an expedition process so I can get a certified copy in *just* enough time to still get it to couples within 30 days of my wedding, but CA is much more difficult...
I have the copies of our passports, and the certified copies of the divorce decree... why didn't I realize that the birth cert was going to be a problem? The FAQ made it seem so easy...
So.. now I'm left thinking my best bet is to send along the only copies we have of our birth certificates, even though they're old and tattered and well-worn from being folded and unfolded over the years... the raised seal is still *fairly* visible on them..
and wait for the new certified copies to come and then put those in our files for safe-keeping?
anyone else have such difficulty?