This is my birth certificate. It is the only birth certificate that I have ever had. I got my passport with it. My new job accepted it as proof that I was a citizen.
And look at cute little tootsies!
You'll remember that I was unable to switch over my driver's license when Joe did because PennDOT would not let us pay for both licenses with one check. So I went back today, with my envelope full of all the bells and whistles that PennDOT required to issue said license:
- the correct form, completed and signed,
- my Social Security card,
- a check,
- two proofs of residence (I brought three, just in case), and
- my birth certificate.
Joe opted to wait outside in the car -- I don't blame him -- while I braved the "Do NOT use any electronic devices" and "SORRY! Check or money order ONLY!" waiting room. I pulled number 18. They were on number 95, which meant there were 23 people ahead of me.
I did a little Zentangling to pass the time, and finally my number was up.
Boy, was it up.
I pulled out my birth certificate.
"You can't use that one. That's from the hospital. We need the one from the Bureau of Vital Statistics," said Mr. PennDOT.
"Seriously? I got my passport with it! It's got a raised seal, just like YOUR WEBSITE said it has to have! It's the original!" I pleaded.
"Do you have your passport?" he offered helpfully.
"It's been expired for a few years," I admitted.
Yeah, I bet you're sorry.
So I advised him to update the website. Then I left in a huff. (Or a minute and a huff.) Then I filled Joe's ear with a colorful string of expletives as we went home.
Once we got home, I went online and immediately ordered a certified copy of my birth certificate from the state of Maryland. IT WAS REALLY EASY TO DO! One search, one click, fill out the form, pony up f'ing $90.00 (!!!!!). Then I wait for an email telling me how to submit a copy of my ID, then I submit a copy of my ID, then I wait 15 to 25 days.
Then I go back, once again, to PennDOT. I can't wait.