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So that means there's no proof besides License and I.D. that you're you anymore?
You know, I never understood why laminating stuff voided it. Is there some special identity-stealing secret I'm missing about thin plastic? I say OP's idea was a smart one, because you can get another, but you can't get a first one over. Preserve the first and get another to do the identity work.
fairly common knowledge? What? where is it fairly common knowledge that you can't laminate your birth certificate? Most people never even see their birth certificate, so how would /anything/ related to it be 'common knowledge'? Really, the nerve of some people. FYL OP, FYL. I do want to know why you were going to laminate it though, why not just leave it in the safe deposit box forever and ever? It's not like showing it off in your living room makes any sense. People already know who you are, and don't need to be reminded.
@13 The reason laminating voids a birth certificate is because when the government sends it to you they stamp it with a seal that leaves a raised impression (normally an image of the state or province seal) in the paper to authenticate it. If you laminate over that people can't feel that raised seal so they don't know if it's real.
19, Ah okay, that makes sense, but what about other documents? I was told that if I laminated my driving permit (before I got my license, obviously) it would be voided. There wasn't a stamp or anything on it, it was like ordinary paper, but with a dotted line going through the middle of it (tempting! I always have an urge to tear things apart along dotted lines!)
It is also because many important legal documents are printed on special papers that would not be detectable if the document is laminated. I think of it kind of like money, it isn't printed on regular paper, so it is possible to feel bills and tell if they are fake...if a bill was laminated would you automatically assume it was real? No because you wouldn't be able to take all the usual routes of detecting a fake.
It is easier to hide an alteration on a document if you laminate it. Sometimes you can scratch off changes or tilt the document to the light to see changes to an original document. Also, some documents have watermarks or other raised type that can be authenticated by touch. Certain papers can be differentiated by the grain, texture, or weight alone. Lamination stifles these types of forgery detection. So it IS important not to laminate your special documents. That said, they should have told the OP up front that lamination was a bad idea; and, offered to sell her a protective sleeve for her birth certificate instead.
My birth certificate from the early 80's in BC came laminated. I'm betting yours is older?
My original birth certificate (1977 from B.C) *was* laminated, but I lost my wallet when I was 15 or 16, and the new ones are paper and come with a little plastic slipcover. They are annoying as fuck and too large to fit in most wallet card slots. That being said, they say RIGHT ON THEM that laminating voids them, so sorry OP, YDI.
It's really rude of them to not tell you that, but it's still pretty easy to get a new one. It's not like you get only one and if you ruin it, that's it. You just gotta write to the county records you were born in, and there's a process you go through to get a new one. And now, the original is all nice and neat and preserved forever, as a memoir.