It recently came to my attention that I don’t have a certified copy of my birth certificate. I have an unofficial copy. It hasn’t come up for me recently that I need one but I thought I should probably get one. Itâ€™s been on my list forever.
The fee was $28 â€” which I thought was kinda high. I almost didnâ€™t do it but figured, it would be good to have.
So I filled out the online form and at the end it said: print and take to a window.
I’m about 1000 miles from the window right now. I’m not going to be able to take it to a window so I clicked around until I found the way to get it online but if I did it that way, with all the fees it would be $45.
That seemed like a lot of money to get a document that many jurisdictions in this country now require for an identity card.
I clicked around some more and found a way to get it through the mail for $28 if I wasn’t in a hurry. Which I’m not.
I still wanted to blow it off but I felt like I cursed it. If I decided not to do it, inevitably there will be something coming up where I need it and then I won’t have it.
I got it.