Fact: The government loses things

Recently, I’ve had several friends lament stories of replacing paperwork submitted to the government, never to be returned.

It’s so bad that one of those friends may not be legally married — for the last 19 years! — as she cannot confirm that her Jamaican marriage certificate was ever recognized by the providence of Ontario. She does know they lost the first copy, and when she sent the second/last one she had…. and never heard back…. they just hoped for the best. A possible return/relocation to the U.S. has shined a big fat light on this problem.(update – resolved! And married! lol)

More common and less dramatic stories include the passport office failing to return a birth certificate. Apparently, it’s easier to prove you were born in the U.S. than it is to prove you were married in Jamaica. Let this be a lesson to you.

Relinquishing important documents is a necessary, and uneasy, part of many processes. Before you ship off the sole, ragged copy of your birth certificate, take the fifteen minutes to what it would take to get a backup or replacement.

An ounce of prevention, and all that…

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