Paperchasing, pulling-my-hair-out Birth Certificate Question for You
Well, we are so very close to having every last little document to our SW. She is almost through with our HS, but is waiting and needs a couple of more things. One is my passport. First of all, I thought that the SW just needed the receipt that I paid for it and it was being processed. Uh, wrong. So, then I get sick. After almost three weeks of being sick, I had a so-so day this past Thursday and went to the post office to get my passport. I had my passport photos, my filled out and pre-printed application, my birth certificate, and my $100 in cash.
I get there and I am told that my BC’s file number is illegible and I must order a new BC before I can apply for a passport. Soooo, I went home and got online to order a new one. Here is my question, which one do I get??? I want to be sure that I have the correct one to get Apostilled for China if I am about to spend $22. Does anybody know? Here are the descriptions from the TX DSHS Vital Records website:
$22 each – 5 1/2″ x 9″
The most commonly issued format because it satisfies most purposes, including registering a child for school or sports, obtaining a driver license in most states, or obtaining a passport for a person who was born in a hospital after 1963. If the birth record is not available in this format, a full-size birth certificate will be issued instead.
Full Size (long form)
$22 each – 8 1/2″ x 11″ or 8 1/2″ x 14″, depending on the record. Used most often to obtain a passport for a person who was born at home or before 1964. It’s also typically required for purposes of dual citizenship, Indian Registry and immigration. Because this format contains information that can facilitate identify theft, we recommend that you order this format only when it is required.
Thank you for your help! I want to get this ordered tomorrow!
****Update**** The SW called. In TX, if you need a BC Apostilled, you must have the LONG FORM! So, I ordered both of ours his morning. $44 and 1st class mail. So, I guess we’ll get TB tests while we wait!