I went to get a long form birth certificate today since I need one showing my parents names and place of birth in order to apply for my British passport. I handed over my form, all filled out, since I was going to mail it in. I paid my money and the lady said she could give it to me right then and there, cool. She didn’t ask for ID at all! Then she handed me a little piece of paper warning that you should not carry your birth certificate on you and that it can be used to steal your identity and what not.

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