Scott Brown: However, since a long-form is necessary for a Passport in my state, they will still issue a long-form.
In some parts of the country (specifically the border states Texas and California ) where there are specific problems with vital statistics fraud, it is sometimes necessary to provide additional documentation beyond the standard birth certificate to obtain a passport. The long form birth certificate, that contains the name of the attendant (for example a midwife) may provide that additional documentation. Nine midwives in Texas were convicted of Vital Statistics fraud (see article here and report here), and over 1,000 false certificates have been identified. Certifications from these midwives would be suspect. In such a situation, the vital statistics agencies would reasonably provide a long form (although it may take longer and involve additional cost). It has been charged by the ACLU in CASTELANO v CLINTON that the US Department of State, the federal agency responsible for issuing all passports in the US, is unreasonable in their documentation requirements for Latino children delivered by midwives in south Texas.
What formats of birth certificates are available online? …
* Standard size (short form or abstract): The most commonly issued format because it satisfies most purposes, including registering a child for school or sports, obtaining a passport for a person born after 1963 if born in a hospital and obtaining a driver license in most states. If the birth record is not available in this format or if the state you live in requires the full size for a driver license, a full-size birth certificate will be issued instead.
* Full size (long form): Used most often to obtain a passport for a person born at home and/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….
The problem with Texas short forms is not that the short forms lack the usual information necessary to obtain a passport (those items enumerated on the Department of State web site). The problem is that the Department of State, because of past fraud fundamentally distrusts birth certificates from Texas signed by midwives, and wants more documentation. What the Texas Vital Statistics web site does not say is that even the long form may not be enough.
This, or something like this, explains the Scott Brown story. Other people in Texas have the same experience. Given this completely plausible scenario, I think the personal attacks against Brown, calling her a liar for claiming that her short form birth certificate looked essentially like Obama’s but was not good enough for a passport, is flat wrong, and lacking in the evidentiary rigor that I would hope to see by commenters here. It took me about 5 minutes to find the Texas Vital Statistics web page.
Of course one might blame Scott Brown for all of this for refusing to name the state, but that would be the same kind of thing as blaming Obama for the Conspiracy Theories because he hasn’t released his long form birth certificate. The presumption of innocence should be applied equally to both sides.
See also my comment below: