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Hello all,

I'm going to start an internship next month and was asked by the company to send them copies of my passport and birth certificate, which I did (or at least thought so). Now I've been told that I need to send 'a full and complete birth certificate and not a certificate of birth'. From a bit of googling I'm assuming that they need the long birth certificate rather than the short version, but afaik I've never possessed a long version (I didn't even know there was a long version, until today). Should I? And is this normal? I suppose this means I'll have to order one, does anyone know how long the process usually takes?

I am British.

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Re: Birth Certificate types?

Are you talking about UK birth certificates?

In the UK there are long and short form birth certificates (or to give them their proper name - certified copies of an entry in the official register of births). The long form contains details about your parents and is generally the only one accepted for the purposes of officialdom. Your parents would have been given a long form when they registered you at birth but an up to date long form certified copy of the entry in the birth register is often required. Heavens knows - its pretty ridiculous - as these entries can only be altered upon adoption (and even then the original still remains but a second one is lodged with the adoptive parents details .. But I digress).

You can get the UK ones easily on the web and the last time I ordered one, it took approximately 10 days to arrive.

If you are not talking about the UK then apologies
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Re: Birth Certificate types?

yes, I'm talking about UK birth certificates. Thanks for the info then, I will find out if my parents have one. It was just surprising for me - I've always submitted the short form when I've been asked so I never I should also have a longer one.
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Re: Birth Certificate types?

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Your parents would have been given a long form when they registered you at birth
only the short one is given free to parents at birth (40 years ago anyway). long one comes with a fee.
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Re: Birth Certificate types?

You can order them here https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/
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