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Passport Question

June 15th, 2018 at 08:49 pm

So I found my birth certificate in preparation for getting a passport. It is the one made for me after I was adopted - so it is stamped 3+ years after I was born.

The passport paperwork says that if your birth certificate is stamped over 1 year past your birthdate, that you need additional documentation, such as hospital records or an affidavit by someone who was there.

I don't remember seeing any adoption paperwork in my dads files (which is weird, because he kept *everything*)

I'm wondering if anyone else has ran into this issue in getting a passport?

How critical is it for me to have one on a cruise?? Of course, since my current name and birth certificate name don't match - a passport would be much simpler …)


I'm almost done with my runbet - just 1 more run. I' not going to rejoin another one - at least not until after the cruise. That way I can be sure the $ is available for cruise expenses.

Sigh. I kind of wish I'd never suggested this.

10 Responses to “Passport Question”

  1. debtfreeme Says:

    You should be able to order a new birth cert from vital records in the state where you were born Also call Phone: 1-877-487-2778

    Customer service representatives are available:
    Monday- Friday 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time
    Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time

    explain the full situation and they can recommend the solution. Do quick passports are taking between 6-8 weeks.

  2. debtfreeme Says:

    Info above is the State department passport section

  3. Amber Says:

    Yes, check out vital statistics.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Thanks ladies. Will check it out

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    I don’t know about the stamping thing but I believe it was when I went to get a passport that they informed me the birth certificate I’ve carried all my life isn’t an official one. Maybe it wasn’t stamped, actually; that may have been the issue. Anyway I got a new one issued from my home state and that worked. Seems like the older one would be more authentic evidence but apparently not! Smile

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I called the customer service number. The lady was very friendly and tried to be helpful. It sounds like I'm going to have to get medical records from the hospital I was born in, as well as my adoption records. An affidavit from my mom (or dad ...) would work - except they have to be there with you in person to do it ... Obviously not an option. I'm going to look through my dad's files again just in case - he kept all his credit cards from his whole life, every single ministerial license, etc., etc., and most of my school records - so it's weird he doesn't have the adoption records.

  7. debtfreeme Says:

    Good luck!

  8. Jenn Says:

    I don't think a passport is required for a cruise. Some of our kids didn't have a passport when we cruised to the Bahamas. The risk is that you'll get off the ship and miss the departure time. Then you'd be in a foreign country without a passport.

  9. creditcardfree Says:

    It seems like a birth certificate, even one for an adoption, when certified (raised seal) should be sufficient regardless of the date. I'm so surprised. I hope you have figured it out soon.

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