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Copy of parents birth cert OK for child passport app?

Old May 11th 2013, 9:17 pm
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I am currently in the states and applying for a first British passport for my son. I posted a while ago about this and decided to wait for the passport before we travel. My Dad posted over my birth certificate from the UK for the application and it still hasn't arrived. I have a scanned copy of it and I wondered if anyone knew if it was OK to send that instead. My plan is to send the original to the embassy when it arrives but send everything else ahead with a note explaining. What do you guys think?
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Well I guess there is no harm in trying that, but I suspect they will not process the passport application until you supply the proper certificate. Not sure what you think you will gain by doing as you suggest.
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I am currently in the states and applying for a first British passport for my son. I posted a while ago about this and decided to wait for the passport before we travel. My Dad posted over my birth certificate from the UK for the application and it still hasn't arrived.

Probably - get a new birth certificate. If it was so important, why didn't he use a courier? (UPS, FedEx, etc.)
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Old May 12th 2013, 1:10 pm
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I thought that the copy might be OK and that they would process it- that is what I wanted to gain. And, yes, I made a mistake not having it sent by courier.
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Old May 12th 2013, 5:32 pm
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I'd have thought it would be a waste of time. Just wait till you get a copy of the BC, because you're risking losing even more stuff, sending info in various packets.
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