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Old 01-04-2017, 02:16 PM   #1
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Passport irritation

So, my son is five, and I'm finally getting around to getting him a passport, because we're going to Mexico with my parents. I applied in mid-November. In December, they told me his birth certificate isn't good enough because it is a "non-institutional birth" (EMTs were there, but they didn't make it to the hospital in time). They gave me a list of additional options for other documentation, but the gist was that it needed to be something official and include his name, date of birth, and place of birth. The easiest thing that fit the bill was his adoption decree, so I sent them that. Today I got a letter that they need the petition for adoption or a decree that includes both his birth name and his adoptive name, despite the fact that the name on his birth certificate and adoption certificate match. I have now spent a great deal of time on the phone with two different people trying to explain that a) they have the decree, which clearly does not have his birth name on it, b) adoption records are sealed, so I can't get anything else, and c) this has NOTHING TO DO with a name change (which is what they referred to in the letter), since the adoption decree was sent as proof of citizenship to supplement his birth certificate, as they had requested (another peeve with this is that they would have accepted school records if they included place of birth, but the school would have only needed the birth certificate when registering him, so not sure why that would help them any).

I had a great deal of difficulty getting his birth certificate issued in the first place because of a screw-up in it being filed when he was born, so our finalization was delayed by almost 3 months while that got fixed, and it just seems like documentation will haunt us forever. I've heard of people in the past having issues getting passports as adoptees because of delayed birth certificates, but this is different. Needless to say, once I do get it, I will NEVER let his passport expire; and it is one of the things I will make SURE he keeps up on as an adult.

I don't need any advice or anything, this is mostly a rant. However, one thing I learned is that I will never again give his adoption decree to anyone for anything if I can avoid it, because it just muddies the waters and people get confused.

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