This one really got me. On the web site, PassportsUSA.com (not PassportUSA) , a web site that is purports to assist you in getting a passport, they list these requirements for your birth certificate:
- Birth certificate should show a doctor’s signature, a midwife’s signature, the parent’s signature or the signature of a witness who was present at your birth.
- The name of the hospital you were born at or taken to after your birth at home, in the car or where ever you happened to be born but later seen by a doctor at a hospital.
- A raised registrar’s embossed, impressed or multicolored seal. Some older birth certificates may not have all of these elements on certificates from the 1970’s or earlier.
- The paper itself should have a print pattern or emboss style that is sometimes raised again on some olders certificates this may not be present.
- Birth certificate should have been issued within one year of your birth.
On another page, they list the real requirements from the State Department: “*A certified birth certificate has a registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office, which must be within 1 year of your birth. Please note, some short (abstract) versions of birth certificates may not be acceptable for US Passport purposes.”
PassPortsUSA.com is a WordPress blog (just like Obama Conspiracy Theories). I don’t know if this site (which cuts and pastes pretty much all of its information from the Department of State web site) is an entirely fake enterprise, created to host the bogus information above, or whether it’s been hacked or the victim of a rogue employee. I looked up the domain registration, and found that it is “obfuscated” by a company in France. This means, the folks behind the enterprise have chosen to hide their identity. This is highly irregular for a legitimate company, but quite common for individuals.
The gramatically irregular phrase: “Some older birth certificates may not have all of these elements on certificates from the 1970’s or earlier” suggests an amateurish effort. Certainly someone went to a lot of trouble just for a hoax. More likely the site was created for ad revenue, and the page was added for some personal motive.